The last few weeks have been some dark moments for the ultrarunning world and it’s left a bad taste in my mouth. Lots of armchair quarterbacking and just plain nasty disrespectful commentary, especially on the big blogs. I am all for people speaking up and sharing their opinion. In fact, I started this blog in 2008 and, after poking fun at my friend, started the 2009 synchroblog project where five of us wrote letters directly to the Western States Board of Directors, my current employer, asking for change. I’ve been outspoken on this blog when I’ve seen people or races do things I think are wrong for the sport. So, it would be hypocritical of me to condemn people for speaking their mind. But the tone of the commentary has reached a new low in my opinion. Several of us said that the commentary over at iRunFar this weekend deteriorated to the letsrun level. I don’t think this is good for the sport.
So what do we do?
I challenge each of us in the ultrarunning community to ask ourselves if we feel good about our contributions to the sport? I challenge each of us to ask ourselves this question right now, and each week or month for the rest of the year. “Did I make a meaningful contribution to the sport today?”
Well, did you?