BergQuester 3 years, 1 month ago on BergQuester

I don't get it. What is so bad about participating in “non-school competition”? As a former high school cross country and long distance track athlete, I fail to see how participating in a “non-school competition" would negatively affect the sport. How is it any different than the athlete doing some extra training on the side (an option that is open to all athletes)?