Posted in CheatersAugust 29, 2008
Over dinner with some of the Reach the Beach squad last night, the topic of running cheaters came up. In that vein, I think it’s time for a new award. The Rosie. Henceforth, this humble blog will award Rosies – for noteworthy efforts to shorten courses and otherwise avoid the hassle of playing by the rules – in memory of the great Rosie Ruiz. Of course we have to award some of these retroactively due to fine efforts documented here, here, here, and most notably here. Cheaters, please skulk up to the stage and accept your award.
Now for the newest member of our exclusive club, I present to you James Scott, who proves a couple of things. First of all – never trust a man with two first names. Secondly, age is no deterrent to cheating. This Rosie will be presented by the Race Director of the California International Marathon. Below is the transcript of their award presentation, which can be read at their website.
James Scott, 68, Fremont California, crossed the
CIM’s finish line with the clock showing a time of 2:47:13, a potential
age division American record time. His performance was investigated and
was not corrobated by the acquired evidence. USATF event referees
disqualified him, and no appeal was made concerning this decision.
Several other runners were investigated for a variety of reasons
including no start or half-way Chip times and no photos or video at
random locations on the course. Several of these were removed from the
official results with the majority of them admitting to not running the
entire course. Runners not running the entire course must NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE. Investigations resulting from these runners actions are time consuming, expensive and wasteful of event resources.
Posted in Coach's CommentsAugust 26, 2008
OK, let’s play a game. If you could be any Olympian from the Beijing games, who would it be? I guess the most obvious and common (and perfectly valid) answers would be Michael Phelps, who was more dominant than any swimmer ever, or Usain Bolt, who comes from an island with the population of Brooklyn and who trains on a dirt track and somehow managed to break three world records. Personally, I’d be David Neville, whose dive for the line in the 400 sent him into 3rd place. He had a bruised chest and a bronze medal. "Sometimes we have to
sacrifice our body and our mind and our spirit for what we really
want," Neville said. He then went on to run the 4 x 400 on the gold medal winning and Olympic record setting relay team.
Posted in Team Race ResultsAugust 25, 2008
Nice work by Helene Roth in Chicago yesterday. She finished the Olympic Distance race in 2:39 – good for 11th out of 193 competitors in her age group.
Posted in Team Race ResultsAugust 24, 2008
Surprise, surprise – another great showing from the JB’s – Jeannine Bardo and Johanna Bjorken. The ladies placed 2nd and 3rd respectively at the Trimax Pinchot Triathlon today. Results will be linked here once they’re posted.
Posted in Coach's CommentsAugust 21, 2008
Usually I try to contribute my own $.02 to this humble blog, but two of our fine reporters, Sarah and Gary passed on two stories that are too good to pass up. Both fit nicely into the "truth is stranger than fiction" category.
The first is on an Olympic horse doping story. The second is about the world’s most prolific bike thief.
Anyone else want to do some of my other work?
Posted in UncategorizedAugust 19, 2008
Earlier this year, our friend/colleague Terence disappeared for several weeks. After endless speculation that he had been incarcerated, instutionalized, or abducted by aliens, we’re now happy to announce that T was participating in CBS’s The Amazing Race. There’s a million dollars on the line, and Terence always races hard. The show premieres Sunday 9/28. Good luck T.
Posted in Team Race ResultsAugust 19, 2008
Nice work by Michael Borden at the NYTC Harriman Tri this weekend. Michael is in his rookie season and took 8-minutes off his time from just two months ago.
Posted in Coach's CommentsAugust 19, 2008
Thanks to blog reporter Ike for pointing us to the story about noted scholar Jennifer Lopez’ recent appearance on Good Morning America, in which she was reportedly miffed that Michael Phelps’s Olympic triumph is taking the media’s attention away from her grueling triathlon training. It seems that Ms Lopez must be hypoxic or something, because the report states that she referred to the ubiquitous Phelps as "that swimmer."
Posted in Coach's CommentsAugust 18, 2008
Posted in Coach's CommentsAugust 17, 2008
Usain Bolt set the 100 meter world record despite a) stopping to prepare his taxes somewhere around the 80 meter mark, and b) having an untied shoelace. Perhaps he’ll run the 200 with one hand tied behind his back. Anyone wanna bet against him?