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Re: [RC] Running and Riding - Diane Trefethen

Bruce Weary DC wrote:

Some argue that incapacity or infirmity on behalf of the rider should allow for greater recognition at the shorter distances, since they are unwilling or unable to endure the greater physical hardship of the
longer distances. I don't know how to solve this one so that others
don't choose to be offended by the difference in rewards being
proportional to the effort given, or distance ridden.

You can't mitigate someone else's hurt feelings because YOU didn't choose them. The other person did. I don't think we (AERC) should be caving in to this type of thinking - that all awards should be equal - IF the reason for their being equal is fear of hurt feelings or offending someone. No one at a YMCA swim meet expects the first place gold medal to be just like an Olympic gold. The reward for winning a lower bracket in Olympic soccer is not the same as the award for winning the top bracket. A perfectly executed forward somersault does not receive the same number of points as an equally well performed reverse three-and-one-half somersault. In all these cases the rewards reflect the degree of difficulty of the chosen task regardless of the proficiency with which that task is performed. If we are to reward the long and short distances equally, then there should be in place a set of reasoning that justifies over-riding this basic concept of tying rewards to difficulty.


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[RC] Running and Riding, Bruce Weary DC