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Pro Marathoner Craig Leon Speaks Out on CGI Decision

Published by
Scott Bush   on Sep 13 2013, 07:44 PM

A few weeks ago, the Competitor Group (CGI) announced that it would be, with immediate effect, eliminating any and all elite fields in North American events.  What does this mean exactly?  In a nutshell, CGI, which is responsible for putting on all of the Rock n’ Roll races across the country, will no longer be investing its money into the professional side of road racing.  The decision stunned many in the running community, especially those who view this as a profession.  I’ll share some of my thoughts on CGI’s decision, and what it all means, later in this post, but the more immediate concern for me was deciding whether or not to run this Sunday’s previously scheduled Rock n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

When I committed to running the Chicago Marathon, it was my intention from day 1 of this training cycle to run in Philly.  It’s one of the most competitive half marathons in the US and it comes exactly one month before Chicago; perfect timing for one last hard tune-up.  Because of what has transpired over the past few weeks, I have chosen to pull the plug on racing at Philly this weekend and will consequently take a financial hit in the process.  However, I believe that it is more important for me to stand alongside many of my fellow competitors and boycott any CGI events going forward.

When you are six weeks out from a marathon, I can tell you the last thing you want to worry about is reconfiguring your already-thought-out-and-well-planned training schedule.  But alas, that’s what I have been doing.  I’ve spent too much time (because in my mind, even spending one minute is too much) over the last week figuring out how to change my plane ticket, finding a substitute tune-up race, and working with coach Ian to re-write my training schedule.  If you know me, then you might be able to imagine how frustrating this process has been, as I hate amending schedules and plans.

Read the full article at: craigleonrunning.com
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