Thursday was not a great day to be a running fan. First, Brown University, a school with a $4 billion endowment, announced it was cutting its men's cross country and track & field teams, effective immediately. Brown used several excuses to defend the cut. Some were bullshit: "increas[ing] the diversity of students playing both varsity and club sports at Brown." Some were more telling -- an attempt to ensure Brown meets Title IX compliance after cutting women's skiing and equestrian. None of them will be comforting to the athletes and alums of a program with a 145-year history but no future.
Just minutes later, Boston mayor Marty Walsh and the BAA announced the 2020 Boston Marathon will not be held as an in-person event for the first time in its 124-year history. An event that endured two world wars, brought to its knees by COVID-19.
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