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Cheating? What Cheating?

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Cheating? What Cheating?

When it comes to races, I’m rather old fashioned. I don’t care about a medal for finishing. Music on the course is of no interest to me. I’m donating the t-shirt no matter how stylish it is, and I couldn’t care less about the expo, post-race party or other peripherals. In fact all I want from a race is a safe, well-marked course, and quick, accurate results free of obvious inaccuracies. You’d think that would be easy enough to find. You’d ...

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Rules Were Made To Be Broken

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Rules Were Made To Be Broken

The NYPD just announced that they’re going to stop arresting people for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Of course that doesn’t mean that they’ll look the other way if you’re caught with mass quantities or other more glaring offenses, but if you don’t do anything crazy, no one will care.

It’s in that same vein that some folks view bending the rules in a marathon. For instance, NYRR rules strictly prohibit transferring bibs in any of their races. But because of the ...

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Wait ’til Your Mother Hears About This

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Wait ’til Your Mother Hears About This

Transferring bibs has become a pretty standard, albeit rule-breaking, procedure in big New York Road Runners races. Check out craigslist and other message boards and you’ll see bibs for sale; and there’s no doubt that friend-to-friend transfers take place on a regular basis. Generally, my attitude is that it’s NYRR’s problem rather than mine. I’m fairly confident that Mary Wittenberg isn’t carefully perusing my accounting records to make sure that no one’s ripping me off, so why should I worry ...

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Singapore Runner Takes Cheating to New Heights (Depths?)

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Singapore Runner Takes Cheating to New Heights (Depths?)

Remember my last post where I said I didn’t want to embarrass anyone for cutting a course during a marathon? Please disregard that nonsense.

Tam Chua Pah, a 43-year old pastry chef has admitted to repeatedly cheating at marathons. Most recently, he ran only the last 6k (3.7 miles) of the Singapore Marathon. He then took a shortcut to the finish line, crossing in 2:46, and initially being identified as the top local runner.

Tam’s explanation? “I am sorry if I offended ...

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Philadelphia Marathon On Cheating: Who Cares?

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Philadelphia Marathon On Cheating: Who Cares?

Last week I was contacted by a concerned friend, who witnessed course cutting at the Philadelphia Marathon. He was worried that the cheaters had gotten away with it, but I assured him that justice would be done. After all, even though it appears at first glance that Philly’s out-and-back second half makes it a course cutter’s dream, I pointed out that in addition to the announced mats (start, 10k, HM, 30k and finish), it was known that additional (unannounced) mats ...

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Speed In A Syringe: Teaching My Son He Will Never Be Fast Enough

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Speed In A Syringe: Teaching My Son He Will Never Be Fast Enough

It’s roughly 5:00 in the morning and I am giving my three month old son his early feeding. I’m looking at his already defined tree trunk legs that he inherited from both his father and mother. He had almost full control of his head and neck at two months. This week he has mastered rolling from his back to his stomach and on to his back again. All indications, real and imagined, are that he is going ...

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Order Has Been Restored

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Order Has Been Restored

If you take a glance at the 40-44 women’s age group results from last weekend’s Percy Sutton 5k, you’ll notice a few things. First, the lovely Nicole Sin Quee (who is the mother of my son yet was originally listed as a male) is now credited with second place in the 40-44 age group. Nnenna Lynch, a former All-American at Villanova (and also the mother of two young children) is now the winner of the AG.

Conspicuously absent from ...

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More Brooklyn Half Marathon Results Changes

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More Brooklyn Half Marathon Results Changes

Yesterday I wrote about the woman who was originally credited with finishing 4th in the 40-44 age group at Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon. She was later removed from the results, as apparently someone else wore her D-tag. Apparently this was far from an isolated incident. There are certainly several other suspect times, but there are two that jump out, and show just how widespread the cheating and banditry was at the race.

The winner of the 35-39 women’s age group has ...

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Busted, Disgusted, Cannot Be Trusted

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Busted, Disgusted, Cannot Be Trusted

On Saturday I obliquely referred to a possible cheater at the Brooklyn Half.

Transferring bibs in NYRR races is against the rules, but it’s NYRR’s problem. Unless you beat one of our runners out of an award while using it. Someone’s gonna get put on blast on the blog this week when the Brightroom photos come out.

Allow me to be less oblique. The woman who was listed in 4th place among the 40-44 age group had never broken 2:00 for a ...

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Bandit Sues Race Director!

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I wasn’t sure whether to categorize this post under the Cheaters or the Dear A$$hole heading, so I’ll go with both. Apparently being a bandit isn’t bad enough. According to Runner’s World, “Robert Fecteau III is suing the organizers of the 2010 Filthy 5K Mud Run in Richmond, Va., for negligence after he became partially paralyzed in a mud pit near the finish. Fecteau is seeking $30 million even though he wasn’t a registered participant in the event”. ...

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