Why 5,806 run­ners cheated at the Mex­ico City Marathon

Canadian Running - - CROSSROADS -

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

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