Do marathon runners deserve all the praise they get? | The Tylt
More than 30,000 people ran the annual Boston Marathon, and the Internet is rife with accolades for the marathoners' tenacity and general awesomeness. But is this adulation a little much? Yes, marathon runners are hard-working athletes who endure suffering while they train—but social workers, teachers, firemen, soldiers, and EMTs also put in long hours and endure intense deprivation, without nearly that much glory. Do marathoners really deserve all the praise they receive? 🎽
Do marathon runners deserve all the praise they get?
The Boston Marathon is an elite race, and people often train for years to make qualifying times that allow them to participate. And let's not forget—the first person to run a marathon DIED. They're brutal physical trials that require dedication and endurance.
At Slate, Daniel Engber thinks running marathons is a stupid waste of time, and argues should we save our accolades for more altruistic accomplishments:
I get the feeling that marathoners think of themselves as gritty, motivated types....It’s telling that this monomania gets rewarded—every single time, with cheering crowds and Facebook likes—despite its lack of substance. We’re so starved for ways to show self-discipline, and to regiment our time, that any goal will do, even one so imbecilic as the marathon.
But marathons have moments that could melt even the most jaded cynic's heart. When people overcome illness and disability to run a 26.2 mile long race? It's no wonder people stand on the sidelines and cheer.
But other people think marathoners are the Crossfitters of running: annoying AF.
Still can't believe people actually PAY to RUN in MARATHONS! people are so dumb— Ellie Patterson (@thisismyname880) May 18, 2016
They're so extreme, and almost everyone gets injured. And then they complain about it incessantly like they were hurt pulling people out of burning buildings.
No one wants to hear about it! And that sticker on your car doesn't make us think you're a badass, it just lets us know you are pompous and dumb.
"She had the guts and determination to not even Instagram it."