ipods in running events

The NYT writes about the controversy surrounding banning mp3 players in races. Organizers cite safety and insurance concerns, some runners plead that they require the inspiration/motivation.  but:

Elite runners do not listen to music in races because they need to concentrate on their own bodies and hear their competitors, and some die-hard, old-school runners follow suit. Those runners — purists who prefer the sound of the crowd or their own breathing over, say, “Fergalicious” — cheered the headphone ban.

Rule breaking is rampant, and enforcement is sporadic. They do not mention my personal perspective, which is that I require the mp3 player, and podcasts, to relieve the unrelenting tedium of running. Curious though; I find no such need when holding a fishing pole, which I can do all day long. 🙂