YOU PROBABLY NOTICED that this issue of your favorite track & field magazine is labeled as March/April, rather than just March.
So no, for the time being we’re no longer on a monthly schedule, and you obviously know why, as our sport,—like much of life in general—has gone into an extended lockdown. So no HS or collegiate track, no Olympic Trials or Olympic Games, as postponement or outright cancellation has become the name of the game.
As talented as our writers are, with no hard news to generate exciting new plotlines we need more time in which to craft enough suitable material to justify your subscription cost. So, after having delayed this issue by a week we’ll take a month off and—in theory at least—have an enjoyable May (or perhaps May/June) product for you.
At this point I hasten to note FOR EVERY MONTH WE DON’T PUBLISH AN ISSUE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL BE EXTENDED A CORRESPONDING AMOUNT OF TIME. We do ask that you please bear with us as we work out the technical details. The extensions may not appear immediately in your subscription accounts, but we will make sure you don’t miss any issues.
Fortunately, the editorial department has been cyber-commuting for the better part of the last decade, so shelter-in-place strictures aren’t hampering our efforts to keep at our journalistic endeavours.
On the business side of things, however, our office is under a government mandate to remain closed through at least May 1. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t open to serve you, it just means not with normal dispatch. The easiest way to make contact is through e-mail. For your subscription questions send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a tour-related question, address your message to email@example.com.
We can also be reached by phone, but please be aware that the protocol for doing that involves your leaving a message on our answering machine (650-948-8188) and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.
And, of course, good old snail mail remains very much in play. We just need more time in which to process it.
If you’re one of those fans who derives pleasure from regular visits to our website, we can assure you that we’ll be continually adding material there, although once again, the lack of hard news will certainly stanch the flow. But if there are important developments, you can rest assured that we’ll on top of it asap. One goodie you can look for in the next few weeks is the start of a long sequence of material brought back from our historical vaults on the career of Pre as his story unfolded in our pages.
If you’ve never been a visitor to our Message Boards, consider dropping by to see how your fellow fans are coping with the disappearance of their favorite sport. Or if you do visit but have just been a lurker, be brave, dive in and join the conversation.
In the meantime, hunker down and stay safe! ◻︎