(Closed) Runners cheating in big races

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

As a runner, and a slow one, I hate people like this. I would rather come in last, then cheat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s crossed my mind ALOT when i’m doing a race, mostly because I’m tired, but in the end I know it’s worth it. Why people do it? I have no clue. Possibly to make their times good for finish medals, prizes, etc. It still seems like a waster to me.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I am not for cheating at all and I’ve never done it, but it’s easier than you’d think. I run a race every year with 18,000+ runners and it’s only shoulder-to-shoulder crowded at the beginning. You could easily do it with no one really noticing. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

IveBeenDreaming:  Honestly no. I have done some big runs also. Even though we are shoulder to shoulder, half the time I’m zoned out on my own thing. By the time the herd evens out, you don’t really know who was around you previously.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I heard about people cheating near the turnaround on my last half. Honestly, what’s the point? You’re not going to win, is it really worth it to save, like 10 minutes on your time if you’re in the middle of the pack anyway? You’re only cheating yourself.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I used to be a good runner before I got disabled. No idea why people cheat. There is no satisfaction in winning falsely. Don’t get it and I never will. I loved improving myself not proving myself.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I saw a runner do this during the Army Navy Half Marathon in September and was really surprised. There were thousands of runners and he cut a pretty significant amount off (2-3 miles??). I’m a slow runner and wouldn’t feel good about a race if I knew I didn’t complete it all.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I read something saying that people who do this are basically trying to impress other people. Most runners,unless elite,are running for and against themselves. These people who cheat are doing it to prove a point,win a bet,impress a girl/guy,etc. A real runner wouldn’t dream of cheating by cutting the course,be the people who are not doing it for themselves do not care. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

And really,i don’t even know how they do it. I mean,it has to be planned in advanced. How do you know where the course would pick back up? It has to be. 

I don’t really know how they just sneak back in either. Of I see someone coming from around the corner or something I would definitely question it. Idk

Post # 11
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Honey bee

 

Yeah, with a field of 10k+ and no running buddy, you can do pretty much anything. Some of these are Boston qualifiers so, presumably, people are motivated by bigger carrots. Or bragging rights. I’ve never cheated but I don’t hesitate to stop and deal with a pressing issue (like my bladder) and if that makes me miss a mat I’m not going to sweat it. I’m not an elite runner, though, so I’m on nobody’s radar but my own.

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I saw three guys take a shortcut during my first Spartan race. I don’t know about them, but I paid good money to get dirty; I’m not shorting myself out of that. Sure, they still got a medal, but every time they look at it they’ll know they didn’t have the balls to do it in full. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The last race I was in was an out-and-back 5K, and I saw a few people turning around at the 1-mile marker.

For heaven’s sake, it’s a 5K! I don’t see the point in cheating in any race, but especially one that short.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

There was a big article about this in a running magazine several years ago. This man would start fund raisers for him to run marathons and the proceeds would benefit cystic fibrosis, or some other condition like that that his son had. His chip times would be under the 4 hour mark so he was able to swindle a lot of local people and businesses who were proud that someone from their small town was such an impressive runner. Usually for big races, the course is marked out before-hand so people can practice or know where to go without getting lost. 

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