Posted by: Karen | March 28, 2007

Guts vs. Glory Response

I’m enjoying the comment discussion about Dennis’s post over at Complete Running, about how slower runners who stick it out on tough race days deserve the term “elite” more than potential race-winners who quit.

I don’t think elite is an accurate term for the mid to back of the pack runners. Elite to me means chosen ones, those who have distinguished themselves by using their talents to achieve what few of us can. Being one of those who cruises the bottom of the results charts, however, I do have an understanding of the guts it takes to stick it out on a race course way after the best food is gone and the massage tables are put away.

We back here are not elite in that we are chosen, but our glory shines through because WE choose IT, no matter how long it takes to achieve it.



  1. I agree. Elite runners are professionals. There are far more amateur and recreational runners who do not make a living by running. Elite runners may or may not be tougher than a mid to back of the packer, and will certainly have the same character flaws and virtues; it’s just not a term to apply to everybody no matter how PC you want to be.

  2. Amen!

  3. Booyeah!! I wish the stigma would go away. It’s really tough sometimes to be on the sidewalk after the finish line is gone. Mid to back of the packers are not the elites IMO either, but the heroes of the races.

    Thanks for bringing this up!


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