11,000 DQs – Mexico City Marathon aka Mexico Cheats’ Marathon
This is a truly remarkable story from last week where 11,000 runners in the Mexico City Marathon were disqualified out of 30,000 starters. That’s 1 in 3 runners if my maths serves correctly.
The organisers are quoted widely as saying
The Mexico City Sports Institute informs that it will proceed to identify those cases in which participants of the XL Mexico City Marathon Telcel 2023 have demonstrated an unsportsmanlike attitude during the event and will invalidate their registration times
Translation; We’ll find the cheats and DQ them.
Consequently, checks were made of all athletes times at every 5km checkpoint. It transpired that mass cheating was probably the explanation and numerous examples of cars, bikes and public transportation being used to skip sections of the course were also reported by members of the public and fellow competitors.
Like me, you are probably searching for something that could more rationally explain this. Perhaps there was poor marshalling and runners were directed the wrong way? Perhaps some of the tech at the checkpoints failed?
Maybe. But bear in mind that the same race in 2017 had 6,000 DQs and a further 3,090 in 2018. It seems that this really is the cheaters’ marathon and I’m sorry that tag then looms over the decent runners who competed the course fairly.
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