Wednesday, August 8, 2007

just say no

It's been quite a year for drugs. SanFran outfielder (and alleged 'roid junkie) Barry Bonds just broke Hank Aaron's career home run record. The Tour de France kicked out dozens of riders, including the race leader, after various teams and individuals were linked to doping scandals. And, of course, nearly every hollywood starlet has been in & out of rehab a few times this year.

However, distance running has done a good job of keeping it's nose clean. Sure, every year at least one elite marathoner gets busted for doping. There will always be a couple of bad apples in the bunch. But distance running remains (in my opinion) one of the cleanest sports in the world. I won't say it's THE cleanest sport. I'm sure some sports have never seen a doping investigation. When was the last time you heard about an Olympic table tennis player getting busted for EPO?

Long story short, I'm proud to be part of an athletic community that would rather train hard than cheat. Way to keep it clean, runners.

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