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Scott Dickey, CEO and Steve Gintowt, CFO and COO of Competitor group have left CGI, and Chairman Paul Walsh and George Gresham will be the iterim CEO and COO, respectively at Competitor Group.
CGI is the largest producer of major endurance events in the world. They have come under intense scrutiny over the past several months after they abruptly cut an elite athlete sponsorship program with several of their events, which made elite manager Matt Turnbull, a well known and well respected program develop with a job that could only be called "redundant". CGI noted then that this was a business decision.
In speaking with sources, some from within CGI, some from without, this writer was taken to some task for not appreciating that "this was just a business decision." That "business decision", was just that, but the business is running. While the million dollars taken from the events at the time, was a mere drop in the bucket, RunBlogRun still believes that it was perhaps the opening salvo on business issues that were quickly developing at CGI, which the board pressured the former CEO and CFO to correct.
The truth is, running is all grown up. Events in Great Britain, for example, NOVA international, who produce BUPA, are able to combine huge numbers of citizen runners, fine elite fields and even art programs, in profitable ventures. But, running is quite different in the U.S. CGI has developed 83 events, with several having been cut for 2014, due to the fact that they no longer fit into the business plans of CGI.
The business of running is complicated. Many major events support US training programs, elite track events, and local running concerns that make little or no business sense, but are good for the industry. CGI gets additional scrutiny because of its size and its unabashed focus on the business of sport.
Millrose Games, photo courtesy of Millrose Games
The New Balance Armory Track & Field Center is one of my most favorite of venues to watch and experience a track and field meet. Sometime, I want to spend a weekend, just watching the relays and speaking with the coaches, fans and athletes on why they love The Armory so much.
The Millrose Games now has a title sponsor in the New York Road Runners. Congrats on NYRR doing this wonderful example of road running and track and field coming together. For over a hundred thousand teenagers a year, The NB Armory is their sanctuary of sport, a place to savor our sport, friendships and goals achieved and missed.
The Millrose Games has found a new home. And the New York Road Runners have, by sponsoring the Millrose Games, shown by example, how our sport could and should work together.
I think that the sponsorship by the New York Road Runners of the Millrose Games would make the late Fred Lebow, NYC Marathon founder, smile...
Mary Cain has decided to turn pro. The release is how we learnt about it with the PACE Sports Management, early on Friday morning. I will write about the decision by Mary Cain on Saturday. It is a pretty monumental decision by such a young, talented athlete. But, in her mind and in her parent's mind, it is the decision that is right for her. We wish her great success.
RPM2 showed RunBlogRun their training evaluation product, which help, through computerized insoles, their running and bicycling efforts. RPM2 signed a sponsorship del with USA Triathlon...
"The adidas miCoach SMART Run gives runnners everyting they need in one device! "
That says it all.
I used the first product, and while it was impressive, there was too much to put on for an hour workout.
Evolution has come and the miCoach SMART RUN is here! You get all of the workouts from the adidas miCoach site plus GPS, Pulse monitor, MP3 and bluetooth, all in one device with a nice size screen that even with my 55 year old eyes, I can see and appreciate.
I should have the new product shortly and will review it. For now, check out this release and the upcoming interview with Paul Gaudio from adidas.
Firewot Dado won in 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net
For Marathons to be watched, the stories to be compelling. The 1978 New York City Marathon was very compelling, as Bill Rodgers chased down a huge lead by Kirk Pfeffer, and his passing of Pfeffer made for great television. Again, in 1983, Rod Dixon catching Geoff Smith at 26 miles into the race was a huge moment in running television.
ESPN is using a multi channel approach to tell the stories of the Marathon. We have posted their plans below and hope it is as compelling as it is complicated.
In the end, the 40,000 plus stories in a major city marathon can be told thoughtfully, from the front, from the middle and from the back. It requires a team with vision, understanding of the sport, and most importantly, and appreciation for why the sports fan would watch people running 26.2 miles.
We always like to see young, American athletes supported by sponsors, so we post this note from Derek Lactaoen, consumer marketing for Brooks Running, as he wrote on Ryan Vail being re-signed by Brooks Running.
Good luck to Ryan, who recently won the RNR San Jose Half Marathon on October 6, 2013, as part of his build up!
As we note almost daily, the shoe companies are still the largest supporters of elite athlete worldwide. We need to change that paradigm. Races like Chicago, New York, Houston, and clubs like Brooks Beasts, Nike OTC, Nike Oregon Project and Team Minnesota and the new Boston elite project are some of the paradigm changing ways that our athletes can be supported.
Ryan Vail winning RNR San Jose, photo by PhotoRun.net
The Three Bills: Bill Jakunis, Bill Welsh, Bill Rodgers, by Ralph Giordano
Staten Islanders were treated to an evening with Bill Rodgers last night, organized by Jeff Benjamin, a long time correspondent of American Track & Field and RunBlogRun.com. Here is his note on the photo, that arrived in my mailbox this morning.