I went to a 5K/Half Marathon event today to cheer on my team members. I had briefly considered running the 5K but my legs are pretty worn out and there isn’t much point in paying $30 to have a non PR 5K so I restricted my activities to cheerleading which was fine.
The thing that happened today that was baffling is that a woman tried to cheat – big time.
When the first 1/2 Marathon runners started coming in the race director came over and said he was having a race director’s worst nightmare. A group of women had reported that they saw a woman jump on to the course at about mile 8 – in front of all the other women running. He wanted some of the first women from our team to let him know if they saw it, too.
One woman thought she had but another had said that she was pretty sure everyone in front of her had been at the start. Long story short, the woman who really did win also saw the cheater jump in and there was some other confirmation and that was that – DQ’d.
It’s one thing to jump in to get a better time – a weird thing and not one that would satisfy me but not the same thing as jumping in the race for the overall women’s win!! What must someone’s ethics be to try a stunt like that? Trust me when I tell you everyone was hoping she had jumped off the course to puke or take a pee or something but that just wasn’t the case – she was going for someone else’s glory. Ick.