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Has Athlinks Caught Another Cheat?

You may have seen the story about Mike Rossi, the Pennsylvania dad who received a letter from his kids’ school principal for unexcused absences. Rossi’s kids accompanied him to Boston while he ran the marathon. Rossi’s reply to the principal about the values instilled by the marathon went viral. He has subsequently made media appearances across the country.

Now Rossi has set the Internet ablaze for a different reason. Some people believe his Boston qualifying time – achieved at the Lehigh Valley Marathon last September – is suspect.

The 47-year-old Rossi ran a 3:11:45 at that race – a pace comparable to his best 5k time, according to Indeed there is nothing among his 20 recorded results that suggests he is capable of that fast a finish.

Whatever the case, the incident does illustrate the value of Athlinks. If you have run a race in the last 10 years that has posted results on the Internet, they are almost certain to appear there. Athlinks may not eliminate race cheating, but it leaves cheaters with only two options: cheat every single time, or cheat within your previous parameters.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - May 6, 2015 at 09:52

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Boston Athletic Association Fractures Its Funny Bone

As part of the general hijinks for April Fools’ Day, an unknown comic posted a phony Boston Athletic Association web site that announced all Boston Marathon qualifying times would be reduced by 10 minutes, making it a more difficult task to enter the race. A decent prank, aimed at a specific audience, and hardly one to cause much distress among the general public.

The Boston Athletic Association did not appreciate the humor, however, unleashing its attorneys on the faux site. Even worse, the site was taken down before I could get a screen capture of its contents.

So here’s to you, BAA. I guess if you ran this web site, it would have to be called Running Is Not Funny At All.

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - April 2, 2010 at 10:47

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