Last week I wrote about a Bib Mule at Surf City. I wrote that Jim was carrying his wife’s bib on the way to a 3:30:00 finish at The Surf City Marathon.
Jim admitted to carrying his wife’s bib for the full marathon. He said they did it for the shirt.
From The website: Once you achieve Legacy Club status, you must continue running Surf City to maintain legacy status. A minimum of 3 consecutive years is required to maintain membership.
Jim claimed that his wife was injured and that he ran with her bib in order to maintain The Legacy Club status. Otherwise, she would have to start over at year one the following year. One of the benefits of having Legacy Club status, is that you earn the longboard shirt.
Despite their admission, instead of removing the wife from the results, the race dropped her to the Half Marathon results, maintaining her legacy status. Now I know why.
The wife actually did run the half marathon. She had her bib on. It was pinned sideways on her leg. I also confirmed that she completed the Half Marathon through Strava.
If this was her original bib, that means that they pulled the chip off of her bib, and Jim muled the chip.
Was All About The Damn Shirt
Her half marathon finish would have allowed her to maintain her legacy status. There was seemingly no reason for her husband to carry the chip.
The Question of Motivation
I went back through my initial messages with Jim.
Hi , this is Derek of Marathon Investigation. Your result at Surf City has come to my attention. It appears that you carried your wife’s bib across the finish line, earning her first in her age group. There are no photos of her on course and she did not cross the finish line with you. Can you confirm what happened?
“my wife pulled her hamstring and she wanted to get her legacy shirt next year, not place 4th.”
“She doesn’t want acknowledgement or even BQ time. “
Two things that stick out to me with his initial explanation. I never mentioned anything about Boston. I think it is interesting that he mentioned Boston when I made no mention of a BQ time.
He also did not mention anything about her running the half. Why leave out this detail?
Once I found out that she ran the half, I messaged Jim again:
Remember, I told you that she had pulled her hamstring and didn’t think she was able to finish at all but she elected to go out with a couple of her slower friends to see if it would hold together and it did.
She did indeed run slower than in her past races. Regardless of the questionable explanation, they were cheating. The omission of key details adds to my skepticism.
We will never be able to fully prove the motivation since she does not have a time in which to submit to Boston.
She definitely should not be rewarded with a race result. They pulled the chip off of her bib, and the husband ran with the chip with the intent to give her an unearned marathon finish. It could be argued that Jim should be disqualified as well for his participation.
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