On one side of the starting line, there’s a traditional Chinese music troupe in robes and long, flowing beards; on the other, there’s a stage full of dancing girls wearing skimpy marathon attire, gyrating their hips in unison to a rap song.Stuck in the middle are more than 23,000 runners, itching to start. The music stops, a gun is fired, and for the next half hour, runners jostle with one another to cross the starting lineThe Two WayIn Photos: Heavy Smog Doesn’t Stop Beijing MarathonLike many here, runner Xu Ting can’t wait to begin his first full marathon.”I’ve trained a long time for this. All my muscles are relaxed and ready,” says Xu, looking calmly ahead to a sea of runners dressed in neon shirts and shorts.
Aug 7:CU Boulder AD Rick George’s contract includes up to $8.5M in bonusesJul 17:Rick George introduced as CU Buffs’ new $700,000 a year athletic director Jun 1:Mike Bohn wasn’t an ordinary athletic director at CUMay 31:Kyle Ringo Blog: CU offered Mike Bohn reassignmentMay 30:Mike Bohn: ‘I don’t know why’ CU Boulder wants new athletic director May 29:Phil DiStefano says it was his decision to part ways with CU Buffs AD Mike BohnMike Bohn to receive $918K, lifetime season tickets in CU Boulder buyout Mike Bohn forced out after CU pushes for new direction in athleticsDays after forcing Athletic Director Mike Bohn out largely over fundraising concerns, University of Colorado officials said they want athletics to at least double the amount of money the department raises within the next five years, pushing it past the $20 million a year mark.CU President Bruce Benson said that while the university is restructuring its fundraising operations, the decision to replace Bohn “fits more into the fact that we need to raise more money.”Benson said it was Chancellor Phil DiStefano’s decision to change leadership in athletics, but he acknowledged he works closely with campus chancellors and “was most certainly involved” with the decision.”If we’re going to be in the big leagues now, we’ve got to be doing more fundraising,” Benson said.CU Boulder’s athletic department which switched to the Pac 12 in 2011 pulled in $11.79 million in donations last year. Donors may make initial donations and stay connected with the university through athletics before expanding their gifts to other CU programs.But Bohn said he had several measures in place to steadily grow athletics donations and was stopped short.”You don’t just jump to that level; you have to grow donations,” he said.His “sustainable excellence” fundraising plan had significant donations in the queue, he said. He also implemented a donor seat tax in basketball that brought $400,000 in annual revenue.