Friday, 10 August 2012

Should UltraRunning Be An Olympic Sport?

Should UltraRunning Be An Olympic Sport?

This past week I have seen many impressive feats in the plethora of different events from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Just last night while watching another world record being broken a friend asked me if she thought there is a "ceiling" on what is possible for human performance. That got us talking about Roger Bannister and how people once thought that the 4-minute mile would be a barrier that could never be broken.Then the conversation shifted to the many different events in the Olympics and we learned about some we've never heard of before, and chuckled and sneered at others that seemed somewhat silly.

Then the question came up--- "Why is UltraRunning not an Olympic Sport?"

  • Has it ever been discussed?
  • What would be some of the pros and cons?
  • Why would it not be considered?
  • What distances would be run? (50-mile?, 100k?, 100-mile?, 24-hour?)
  • Road or Trail....or both?
Being in and around this sport for several years and seeing the growth (and addition of large prize purses) gives validity to ask these questions. Also, I have seen so many impressive performances in ultrarunning, and have witnessed the same drive, determination, and dedication to training by ultrarunners that Olympic athletes put forth.

What do you think?

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