Busted!

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I just read this morning – 45 opted to defer their Boston Marathon qualification to 2013, but they actually ran in 2012! CBS Boston reports:

About 2,200 runners were on the original (deferment) list, but 45 were identified in photographs as running the race after all.

From this article, it seems those 45 people are no longer on the deferment list and will not be able to register in August. Great finds, BAA! I wonder if they will be qualified if they run a qualifying time, or banned from 2013 race. I guess there will always be dishonest people like them, so I am not super surprised but rather disappointed. I believe running keeps me sane and makes me a better person, but apparently that does not work for everyone. What do you think about these 45?

7 Comments
  • Annabelle
    May 24, 2012

    I would guess that at least a few those folks weren’t trying to scam the system but thought they were giving themselves more options on race morning. That is to say, they simply decided to give it a go afterall. I have found all of this very confusing, there’s been a lot of conflicting information circulating.

    • Koji Kawano
      May 24, 2012

      Maybe. And maybe I am being too judgmental about them without knowing their reasons 🙁

  • Dan
    May 24, 2012

    I can see how someone might defer cautiously and then wake up race morning feeling more confident. However, that kind of situation does test your moral fortitude because you’re using resources that you had already forfeited to others.

    But who am I to say? I’ve never not shown up for a race and have yet to bow out for any reason mid-race. I’ve also never had to break my back to qualify for a race as prestigious and coveted as Boston, so the thought of not running it after so much time and training would definitely weigh heavily on me given the chance of deferring.

    You’d like to think that people are rational, sensible beings. I too believe that most runners come off as more down-to-earth and serene than non-runners, but that’s a very unscientific personal bias. However, I guarantee you that each one of those 45 runners thought they were doing no harm. Every year a handful of people bandit races because they think that one extra person can’t possibly break the camel’s back when there are tens of thousands participating.

    But the problem obviously arises when lots of people think that. In this case, I’m shocked that it was only 45 and not hundreds. I’m actually amazed and a little gladdened by that number.

    • Koji Kawano
      May 24, 2012

      Yeah, I don’t know what was going through their minds. So, that’s judgmental of me criticizing without knowing. Maybe they were going to let BAA know after the race that they had run and give up the 2013 qualification. But if not, it’s not fair to those who are training very hard to qualify in 2013, especially after BAA introduced the tougher standards. They had made a deal with BAA, the exchange of not running in 2012 for running in 2013 without running another qualifier.

  • imarunner2012
    May 25, 2012

    I was not happy when I first heard the story. But then I started thinking that many of these people traveled very far and trained very hard and after they simply changed their minds. We do not know if they notified the BAA or figured the BAA would see that they ran the race from the race results.
    I’m guessing that the BAA used photos to back up what they saw in the results. If those people wore their bibs, their run was recorded. I’m hoping most of these people were not dis-honest and hoping to get away with something. We all make poor decisions. It’s unfortunate that these people made this poor decision.

    • Koji Kawano
      May 25, 2012

      Yes, we all make poor decisions. I am a good example of that. =) I would not care if this was a race where people don’t have to qualify to run. I just think it would have been unfair if they got a free ride for next year despite having run this year.

  • runariran
    May 27, 2012

    It makes me wonder how many of them were actually conniving, thinking that they would get away with running both races, and who deferred their entry, only to innocently decide that they wanted to run the 2012 race after all, and not 2013. I’d like to hope that the latter rings true for most of them. It would be interesting to find out…

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