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November 21, 2005

Charity Runners

Over the weekend I've done more posting on Anne's site than on my own. We've been knocking around the issue of charity runners at marathons, in particular the group that got busted for cheating at this year's Marine Corps Marathon. Check out the story here, and Anne's post on it here.

More from me later.


The Thinking Runner 11/21/05, 11:11 PM  

This has been beaten to death on Letsrun - but I just don't get why anyone would want to cut the course just to "finish" the race before the sweep truck gets him (or her in this case). By cutting the course, you have not finished the race at all. Why even bother with running the 22 miles when finishers medals from major marathons are available for purchase on E-Bay? I am not bashing charity runners, many of whom train pretty hard, nor am I against the slow people, provided they are giving it their best effort, but this reeks of utter disrespect for the distance and for the sport.

Here's the thread on Letsrun, if you haven't already seen it.

The Thinking Runner 11/21/05, 11:31 PM  

I guess you have seen the boards, so ignore that part :) I think Blogger should allow us to edit the comments we post!

Donald 11/22/05, 8:34 PM  

Wow, marathon medals available on eBay?...I hadn't heard that one yet. That has to qualify as this week's sign of the apocalypse.

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