I have read a lot of the comments on this issue and just want to say a few words. I have now completed 33 marathons in many cities including the Marine Corps so I know marathons.
I do not condone cheating and never will. To me a winner is someone that crosses the start line, not the finish line so all these so- called cheaters are winners in my book.
I am sure that Dr Jean never encouraged her runners to cheat. It was the sight of her runners and her compassion that caused her to try to help her runners. What Dr Jean should have done is to find a race that allows runners to finish. Or ask for an early start. Or tell her runners that it is no disgrace to be picked up and for them to try harder next year.
It is very sad to hear so many elite runners ridiculing the charity runners. Personally when I do my races I am only focused on getting to the finish line as quickly as poosible. I do not have time to notice any cheaters and even if I did , I would not complain since they must be doing it for a reason. As the saying goes " mind your own business".
I personally would love to be part of a charity team to provide advise and encouragement. Unfortunately I cannot raise the funds and just admire those runners that do.
To those runners who complain about the slow charity runners I say to you " be thankful that you have the ability to finish on time. Do not dispise and ridicule those that do not have such ability "
To the charity runners I say " you are doing a noble cause for yourself and your charity . Hold your head up high and do not be dismayed by some of the unfair comments.
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