|2016 Kiawah Island Marathon Map (Click to Enlarge)|
I have identified runners that have seemingly cut the course in Kiawah in the past. The course has changed over the years, but on a relatively small island, it is pretty much unavoidable that the course will be setup in such a way to make cutting off portions of the course possible.
One Age Group winner had missed splits and earned a Boston Qualifying Time. Their spouse also had the same anomalies. After posting the original article I heard from the runner and have decided it would be appropriate to take down any identifying information.
I now believe that the results were more a result of naivety by the runners than any intentional deception. They openly acknowledge that they ran the 1/2 marathon each year. The results are being removed and the proper age group winner will be awarded their prize.
The email asserts that they were under the assumption that their time would be changed to reflect the 1/2 marathon.
Since they have openly admitted that they ran the 1/2 and the results are being adjusted, I consider this result appropriate, and don’t want any further attention brought onto this couple.