I have a controversial topic to talk about:
The African runners that are running for WTC (Westchester Track Club) on a very loyal basis, have been taking all the 1st place club points by storm.
I don't think there is anything wrong with African's taking the top 5 places in local races, as they deserve the top honors for the talent they have. No one is saying they don't deserve to win or be in the races by any means.
But what I take notice to is the WTC recruitment of these guys.
On what grounds are they representing the 'club' ... by the way these guys do almost all their running in Van Cortlandt Park.
I'm friendly with a bunch of them too, and even have done some workouts with them.
I look at the WTC as taking advantage of these guys. I almost feel like they're being exploited...?
My concern is for the actual African runners, not the big scoring record that the WTC has created in the local running community.
Are these young African runners really aware of their need for a long term carrier? They live hand to mouth on winning races for the WTC as I see it.
I see these guys under pressure by running for this 'club'. I think they would be much better off running unattached or not connected with a club that basically is an advertisement for a running store.
These guys train all day, everyday...but are they getting any training in the sense of long term development after they finish setting new PR's? To say they are supported in the short term is really not a good enough answer to warrant the selfish promotion that the WTC is seeking.
The African's runners should be left to fend for themselves looking for sponsors from the big guys, and if they can make it great, and if they can't, well they should prepare for the long race of life ahead, that is the responsible reality that WTC should keep notice of.