On one point, we agree. Those that post personal attacks to runners that are called out are despicable.However, this is not just a problem in the running community. You see this whenever an article is written about someone. Spend some time reading comment sections of any article and you will find trolls. That stinks.
“Cheating is bad, But cheater shaming is worse. The running media should avoid creating a fervor that leads to personal attacks – not feed into it.”
|Women’s Running – In Defense of The Running Cheaters|
|via Instagram “I love sweaty men”|
Women’s Running posted many of these photos in an article about Kelly.Kelly eventually built “Run, Selfie, Repeat” into a brand. Kelly is now a contributor for Women’s Running. She built a website, runselfierepeat.com where she blogs, and posts her frequent podcasts.
I will acknowledge her recent article Shame on You Running Community. This article was in the works well before she posted that article. This is not in response to her opinions in that article.I actually agree with most of what she wrote. I am also opposed to the personal attacks, as any reasonable runner would be.
I do, however disagree with calling out the entire running community. The people that act in this manner are relatively small in number, and do not represent the running community as a whole.
This article contains my opinions. I know I am not alone. I know some will disagree with me.
On one hand. with the Jane Seo story going viral, some potential cheaters will think twice before cutting a course. That is a good thing. It made more people aware and willing to report cheating. My inbox is now flooded with requests to review results.
On the other hand, when millions of people become aware of a story, there will be some hate. I received some of that hate as well – it goes with the territory. I was probably better prepared to receive criticism than Jane was.
Let’s not blame the running community as a whole. Most of the comments that I saw were critical of Jane, but not hateful. If I felt any comment crossed the line on my blog, I would delete it.
The fact that there will be internet ‘trolls’ whenever someone is called out should not be used as a Get Out of Jail Free card. There should still be accountability for our decisions.
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