OK, I am sure that most of you have heard that Dane on the biggest loser did/didn’t finish a marathon. I cannot for the life of me find the blog that I first learned it from. This blog actually had pics of the scandal because she was there running the marathon herself.
Anyway, I got an email today from a person who was pretty bothered by this scandal. I can certainly understand why. Finishing a marathon is a really big deal. Although I generally feel that everyone can do it, not everyone wants to or wants to put out the mental effort to finish one. My first thoughts while watching that part of the show were, “Woah!! That dude is big and to get a sub 4hr time is serious running.” I was happy for him of course but inside I just thought that it might be to good to be true. Now I have been to some larger marathons and there are people of ALL shapes and sizes participating so don’t get me wrong. Bigger people can run like crazy. I just doubted the “Dane finish” from the start. Here is a link to the actual results for the race that Dane was in. He is not in the results because he was disqualified after several runners told on him.
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My friendly emailer also told me that at the marathon that they ran several people were moved via van to just before the finish and they got that as their finishing time. This is just wrong. It is mostly wrong for them. They don’t get the joy, the realization that THEY did it, they don’t get the soreness, or pain, or accomplishment that comes with enduring 26.2 miles. Even Dane really missed out. He could have made it. Even if things went really bad, he could have walked at 3 miles an hour and finished himself. He also could have just went back to finish FOR himself and NOT for the TV land. I have read that he got picked up anywhere from mile 17-23. In any case, he missed out and he will always know that he DID NOT FINISH A MARATHON. He does however have the knowledge that he can finish a marathon.
This is also not the first marathon scandal. One of the most famous, if not the most famous, is the Rosie Ruis Boston Marathon Scandal. She actually won the womans race in 1980 without even running half of it. There are many scandals to do with the Olympics also but I won’t go into those.
What do I make of all of this???
The end result of cheating, whether we get caught or not, really makes a negative impact on us. We have to cover up our story. We have to keep up with the lie. We know the truth inside of ourselves. Think about lying to yourself about what you eat. Nobody is going to know. But you will. You are going to see the scale’s results. You are going to go backwards. It is the same for marathoning. If you cheat, only you will be brought down in the end.
Many of the marathons I have run lately refuse to give a shirt to those who do not cross the finish line. This made me mad at first because I like to get my shirt right away for fear that they will run out by the time I get done. But I understand it. I think of all the people who trained and endured the race only to see a non-finisher wearing the glory on the way home. I can understand them but I don’t care about that though. Knowing that I finished is the most important thing. Even in my last marathon they did not include me in the final results for some reason. Maybe it was a typo or a mistake. “Who cares” I said. “I know what happened.”