After writing about the NYC Running “Crews”, I received a number of tips regarding other running groups that appear to have flaunted the rules. I continue to run those down. I felt like this was a good time to re-set the first case of ‘institutionalized’ cheating.
Run Dem Crew – London, UK
I received this tip after posting the article on The Bridge Runners. Above are runners pictured from the 2016 NYC Marathon. The runner on the left is wearing bib #48395. Bib #48395 belonged to Charles Williams – AKA “Daddy Dark”. Williams is the founder of Run Dem Crew. He is seen pictured here with none other than Richard Branson.
As founder of “Run Dem Crew” it sets a poor precedent to allow your bib to be used in NYC (Or anywhere). Thousands of runners miss out on running The New York City Marathon every year. When runners break the rules by banditing or using other’s bibs, that limits the capacity for races. If there were no bandits or bib swappers, races could accept more legitimate runners. But, they have to account for a certain percentage of illegal entries when assessing their registration limits.
The Bridge Runners
It does not seem that the indiscretion relating to NYC 2016 is as brazen or as widespresd as The Bridge Runners, a NYC Running ‘crew’ that unapologetically copies bibs for NYC races. If you try to criticize them, you are branded a “runnerd”.
“New Yorkers shouldn’t have to sell a kidney to run our city.”
You can run the city for free any time. But, putting on a race costs money. They pay to close the streets. They pay for security. They pay for the right to hold the event. You can run anywhere else you want to that day, but you feel so entitled that you take for free what thousands of others paid for. You did not earn that right. If you are so anti-establishment, then put on your own event the same day.
They feel since the race did not run out of Gatorade or Medals, that they are justified in taking the race entry and all the support that goes with it for free. Should I be allowed to just walk into a concert because there are empty seats or go into a restaurant and take food just because they have plenty?
They actually compared what they are doing (Copying bibs to run in races they have not paid for) to what Kathrine Switzer went through at Boston. Katherine actually PAID for her entry.
Wild Mountain Runners Club
You can read the entire article if you haven’t. To summarize, one member of the club ran with these three runners’ bibs in three different races to qualify them for Boston ’16. This was discovered during my review of the 2016 Boston marathon results.
Very shortly after posting the original article, the club shut down their Facebook page. Over 1 year later, it is still down. I do not know if this club is still organized. I have seen photos of runners wearing Wild Mountain singlets. I even spotted Jesse Gallito – the runner that ran qualifying times for three other members in race photos from the 2016 L.A Marathon. (Was not used for Boston this time around).
This week, I will also re-visit the topic of ‘shaming’. More and more frequently, I am finding that when I (or others) post FACTS, people think they can just yell ‘hater’ or claim ‘shaming’ instead of responding to the facts. I will discuss this relating to a couple very specific instances.
Also with all of the up front work I did prior to Boston 2017, I am having to dig deeper to find more obvious cases of cheaters that got into the race. That is a good thing. But as I dig deeper, I will find more cases and bring them to light.
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