Why 5,806 runners cheated at the Mexico City Marathon
Thousands of participants appeared to knowingly cut the course short at the 2017 Mexico City Marathon. Nearly 6,000 were disqualified after an analysis of the results showed that many had missed multiple timing mats. But why?
Jorge Rodriguez, a runner from Toronto with close ties to the Mexican running scene, spoke with Canadian Running candidly about what he feels was the primary motivation for all these runners to shorten the course.
“There’s no doubt many runners did not complete the whole course this year. Most of them have since been disqualified, which is the correct decision,” he said. “But they did not do this to secure a spot in Boston or steal someone else’s place. They did it for the medal.”
Since 2013, the official finishers’ medal has been in the shape of a letter. In 2013, it was “M” with the next year being “E” followed by “X” and then “I” last year. This year it was all about the “C” medal. The letters of the finishers medals eventually spell “Mexico” with next year’s being the final letter.— CR