What other race has such an eccentric collection of top-line American stars, talented young guys poised for a breakout race in one of the major National Championships, and veterans who very well may run terribly, but whose names still grab your attention, on paper?
Scott Bush at the US Distance Running blog points out that such a field does not exist at this year's race in San Diego. It did last year in Boulder. But the biggest difference between this year's races and last year's is the pre-meet hype. Last year lots, this year basically none.