I see people frequently tossing this term around in running blogs. I know many races have an "elite" corral and have specified by qualifying times who may enter the corral. Is there actually a standardized qualifying time that ALL the races use? Or is it up to each race director?
Frankly, I feel the word is overused and the use of it confusing...as pertains to the secular running world and definitely in the blog world.
To my mind, a woman running a marathon in under 3 hours or a 5K in less that 18 minutes doesn't garner "elite" status...but I'm jaded. The elite echelon is reserved for a higher level. A runner who runs a time fast enough to qualify for the Olympic Trials is certainly elite. An athlete who earns a spot on his or her country's national team is, too, without question. But there seems to be a lot of grey area beyond that. Or maybe I was unable to find the definitive website.
Back when I was competitive in my other sport, it was really clear.
You became "elite" by winning a "step-up" race. Not all races were. And coming in a close second or third didn't matter. You had to WIN. There were different levels of events...junior (<18), intermediate, senior, elite, open... You could toil for years alongside already elites, challenging them and even beating them in practice or non-step-up races, but until you WON a qualifying race, you weren't technically "elite." You could even compete in an Olympic or world championships trials event without being "elite." We did not treat that word lightly. It was very defined.
Adding the term "professionalism" puts a whole 'nother twist into the mix. By professionalism I mean getting paid. Money changes the game entirely. But that's a post for a different day.
Has anyone here ever been "elite" in some arena?
–O! ME! ME! ME! about a billion fucking years ago.
|I'm on the right...with the skinny arms, red fingernails and a watch.|
Do you want to be "elite"?
–BTDT. Soooooo over it. It doesn't make you a better person. In fact, some of the biggest assholes I know are elite in something. Or is it a lot of the elites (or former elites) I know are the biggest assholes? Maybe both.
Are you a professional? In what?
–I'm a professional bullshit slinger. Got my $25 check from BlogHer to prove it ;-)
How do you define "elite"? Are there specific criteria? What are they?
–You have to actually defeat people in whatever it is you're doing...and not just regular people but people who are really fucking good at whatever it is you're doing. Far more selective than top 10%. Criteria changes depending on the arena.
Are you glad that Hostess is back in business? What is your favorite Hostess product?
–Hoe-MYGOD-yes! My jaw dropped and hit the dirty linoleum floor at the AMPM MiniMarket the other day when I saw the PIES! Fave = Suzy-Q's. Peel the devil's food cake off and suck the cream out. Wasn't that kind of the point of all Hostess products? To suck the cream out? They should have an ad campaign that utilizes this concept...
Does this post add to any conversation? Not sure I care. I really just felt like blabbing about something and showing off one of my national team pictures. Thank you and good night.