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Friday, September 21, 2012

Another Division 1 Track Program Bites The Dust and Someone Crazier Than Me

The University of Richmond has dropped Men's Track and Field and Soccer in order to elevate the club sport Lacrosse Program.  The number one and number two sports in the US, by participation standards, have been eliminated in favor of, at best, a regional sport.

Part of my efforts with this blog have been to make all of us aware that no one is immune to what's happening to sports in America.  The phenomenon is accelerating. Soon, the European model will become more and more tantalizing, eliminating sports entirely from campus life.  Fiscal restraints are likely to become more acute, so self-interest becomes more and more important.  It doesn't take much effort or money to help, and each and every one of us should do what we can.  Not everything has to be monetary either, every little bit of participation helps.  Let's all step up our efforts to support PSU Track and Field and Cross Country.

In happier news, I'm not as nuts as this guy.  He took a run after his wife's water broke to keep his Streak alive.  It's now at 40 years and counting.

My Streak continues, despite the SARS, pneumonia, bronchitis or "bad cold" I've had lately.  Now at 1,923 days and 2.85 miles/day (with an additional 2.90 miles daily on the elliptical machine, which doesn't count toward The Streak.)

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