I think you need to read JD’s column more carefully: he says that 200 lbs is the demarcation line between a skinny Kenyan and Jabba the Hut (way on the other side of the line). In other words, a 200 lb runner is a larger runner, which I think you’d agree.
Perhaps it was a poor choice of wording, but in no way did he call all runners over 200lbs Jabba the Hut.
In any event, you’ll be glad to hear that JD will no longer be writing for RT after January 2010.
Thanks for getting back to me. I’m not happy about JD leaving. I
don’t take that kind of satisfaction. But I read that passage several
times. While I agree, this was a horrible and sad choice of
wording–perhaps in the end extreme editorial failure–and knowing
several 300 pound beginning runners, I resent the term being used at
all, whether it describes 200-pound runners or those “way on the other
side of the line”. NO runner, or human, should be ridiculed in that
manner. I’m sorry you missed my larger point.