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Kenyans Get Lost During Marathon, Get Paid Anyway

By / 09.27.10

Weird running story from Iowa: Two Kenyan marathon runners actually got lost while running the Quad-Cities Marathon, which is not to be confused with the Quad City DJ’s, whose 1996 single, “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” made it to No. 3 on the U.S. pop charts before

Chepses and Njoroge apparently became confused when a pace-setting motorcycle veered left, as it was supposed to, on the Arsenal viaduct, with the course-following pace car and leader [Leonard Mania] Mucheru well out of sight. The Kenyans actually steered right, as they were supposed to, toward the bridge to Rock Island, but then stopped and returned to their original point of confusion. Only when [second-place finisher Ketema] Nigusse ran by did they follow.

Marathon elite race coordinator Ian Frink said other races, notably the Miami Marathon, have taken a harder line in similar instances, but said the local committee took into account the Kenyans’ unfamiliarity with the race course and the English language.

Amnesty? Amnesty.

The decision was to award both Kenyans second-place money ($1,500) along with actual second-place finisher Ketema Nigusse of Ethiopia. –Quad City Times [Whoo whoo!].

Michelle, Tamika and Tanya could not be reached for comment. You know that you’re running a loose ship when you’re more liberal than Miami about your race rules. One of my goals in life is to sign up for a marathon and then finish first via blatant circumvention of the rules. Like “hiding a bike in the bushes at Mile 2″ blatant. I’d be the first sub-90-minute marathoner ever…for about 15 seconds, at least. It wouldn’t be cheating so much as a re-distribution of time.


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