Hansons-Brooks Gets Stronger
Reebok merging with adidas in 2005 hasn’t been a good thing for pro runners which is what you could have expected. First, it meant one less company to compete for runners. And then the brand Reebok has been gradually pulling out of pro running.
But not everyone is complaining about it, certainly not Keith and Kevin Hanson. One’s loss is another gain, right?
The Hansons seem to be benefiting from the fact that the shoe companies seemingly are being more judicious on the money they give out to the elites.
Curtis at 13:18/27:24 is by far the best runner to ever join Hansons but he is the third relatively high profile “get” for the group in the last few months. Instead of getting just 14 minute 5kers and 29 minutes 10kers as they have for most of their existence, they have picked some significantly better talent as shown by the list below.
2013 Hansons-Brooks Men’s Team With PRs
Jeremy Criscione 13:43/29:28 Bobby Curtis 3:57/13:18/27:24 Luke Humphrey 29:04/63:58/2:14:39 Colby Lowe 13:42/28:45 + 3 NCAA Top 10s In XC Brendan Martin 8:15/14:09/29:43 Mike Morgan 14:15/29:33/64:04/2:14:22 Drew Polley 29:26/2:16:36 Jake Riley 13:32/28:08 Robert Scribner 14:13/29:07 Ethan Shaw 14:10/29:17 Clint Verran 13:51/2:14:12
The guys in bold really stand out.
In addition to getting Curtis, the Hanson brothers also got a nice present last week as Brooks re-upped its support of the team last week. Brooks also announced they’ll be starting a mid-d group in their new hometown-to-be of Seattle (currently they are in a suburb).
Oh yeah, one more thing before move on. We did want to say one thing to those of you who have criticized the group in the past for not producing enough studs/Olympians in the past. Take the list above and compare it to the Schumacher photo above. Before Curtis, the worse guy in Schumacher’s group was better than the best guy in the Hansons group and of the 9 guys pictured in Schumacher’s group – only two made the Olympics.
Our point is simple.
1) It’s damn hard for everyone to make the Olympics.
2) Different groups should be held to different standards just like in other sports.