My point is not that these races are bad. I admire the runners who compete in these events. My point is that these overly expensive, aggressively marketed and highly socialized races can push runners to jump in too early, or for the wrong reasons. Peer pressure, intentional or not, is a difficult thing to resist.
As much as I don't want to admit that these movies are accurate, the teen social hierarchy is evident in schools all over the globe. You have your cliques, your pecking orders and your gangs. And you likely have varying degrees of self-segregation by race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation and social status.
December, you are a little bit like childbirth. You are miserable and painful in the moment but after some time has passed (like 365 days), I forget and repeat all the madness because when I look back on the holidays, you brought me miracles and filled me with wonder and THAT my friend, makes you impossible to hate.