I believe it's only until recently that the word Ironman has become so associated w/ a trademark & not a distance. When asked what was my 1st Ironman
, I say Great Floridian. At that time back in the 90's, there were no WTC Iron-distance events in the continental US (GFT & Vineman were the only 140.6 mi races - IIRC), w/ IMC the only one in North America.
Building on what Fleck said, I like to use this as an example....
Let's say that starting in 2010, BAA trademarks the word Marathon
, & as such, no other 26.2mi running race on the planet can use that term. Fast fwd to November, John Doe & 35,000 people converge on NYC to run the New York Distance Classic
. This is John's 1st time running the distance, has a solid race & qualifies for Boston.
A few weeks later someone at work asks if he has ever run a marathon & what do you think he says?
My point is, I personally have no problem differentiating between IMF, LP, CdA, etc.... & GFT, B2B, Vineman, etc... BUT, when someone asks what is a good Ironman
, in my mind I associate the distance & not whether or not WTC is involved.
Just my $.02.
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