Sym­pa­thy for elite marathoner Reid Cool­saet’s tough sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing run­ning for a pay­day or for his coun­try in 2017:

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ADAM HORTIAN Very classy guy. I also love that he men­tioned the value of prize money for help­ing him con­tinue to train at a high level . Many race di­rec­tors are cut­ting prize money per­haps not re­al­iz­ing its ef­fects. Glad races like Sco­tia­bank [Toronto Water­front Marathon] still sup­port Canada’s elites. DREW TAN­NER NI­CHOL­SON These run­ners are pro for a rea­son, their of­fice is the roads and trails and tracks they run on 200K a week to achieve blaz­ing fast times I could only dream of. They de­serve re­spect and can’t take on the rest of the world with­out proper fund­ing. RORY GILFILLAN So Reid Cool­saet runs in the last Olympics and doesn’t qual­ify for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance? This is the same or­ga­ni­za­tion that only sup­ports ath­letes if they think they are go­ing to get on the podium by set­ting its own stan­dards in­de­pen­dent of the in­ter­na­tional ones. I have al­ways felt like this is akin to sup­port­ing hockey play­ers only af­ter they have made the NHL. Maybe it’s time to get Ath­let­ics Canada out of the process and start send­ing the fastest Cana­dian marathon­ers that hit the in­ter­na­tional standard and crowd source the money re­quired to sup­port their train­ing. Mil­lions of Cana­di­ans run in this coun­try. There should be a way to do this (if there isn’t al­ready).

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