15 October 2009

Best leave your ipod at home next time

If you rate yourself a good chance of scoring a top result in your local marathon, you best leave your ipod at home it seems.

In the US a female runner named Jennifer Goebel, who had been awarded the title of first female in the Milwaukee marathon last week, was later disqualified apparently because she was found to have been listening to her Ipod for just a few miles late in the race.

The story gets even more intriguing however because Goebel was initially promoted to first place after the actual first place getter was also disqualified for accepting a water bottle from a supporter outside of an official drinks station.

Sounds like the officials were certainly kept busy in that race.

Click here for the full story.


Ewen October 17, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

Interesting story Bruce. Running is not as simple a sport as it seems. Pays to read the rules (fine print?) before racing.

The "outside assistance" one is fair enough as that is a distinct advantage. I think the iPod one is mainly to stop "coaching" during a race, but seems a little harsh as many runners wear iPods these days.

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