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    meaning of "turnout" and the time reference of "back in the day"

    I'm reading an article about Marathon. The writer compares his 2005 experience and 1981 experience. And it goes:

    "While Im sure there had been a number of slight modifications, the marathon route was essentially unchanged from the course Id followed in 1981. There may have been more spectators on the course, but maybe not; the turnout was pretty good back in the day."

    I'm confused about the meaning and time reference of the last sentence. Does "the turnout was pretty good" mean that there were many spectators on the course? Does "back in the day" refer to 2005 or 1981?

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    Re: meaning of "turnout" and the time reference of "back in the day"

    Yes.
    1981.

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    Re: meaning of "turnout" and the time reference of "back in the day"

    Quote Originally Posted by KuaiLe View Post
    I'm reading an article about the marathon.
    Please note.

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