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Sportsmanship. Period.

Posted May 04 2010 8:32am
Posted by Brandon on May 4, 2010 |
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A remarkable story from the Toyota 10K held in conjunction with Flying Pig Marathon race weekend: The women’s leader, Shari Klarfeld, had probably a 20-yard lead when she started to stagger and fall. Instead of breezing by for the win, the second place female, Amy Schoenfeld of Cincinnati, stopped along with race director, Iris Bush, and helped the Shari cross ahead of her. An extraordinary example of sportsmanship. Ironically, Amy was second in the 10K the year before!

[UPDATE] I did some digging on the after race details of this event. While it’s pretty clear that the race director coming to the aid of a racer is in violation of USATF rules and would normally result in a disqualification, in this event it did not. The reason? Well, a race representative in the original YouTube video made the following comment:

Thanks for your comments and for watching our video! The Flying Pig Marathon does not offer prize money, so our rules are not as stringent as if there were cash on the line. Similar to earphone rules: It is our choice to let people know they shouldn’t wear them, but we won’t disqualify them (like some events) if they do.

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