Welcome to #cheaterweek! It’s the perfect follow-up to Valentine’s Day, right? This week at Salty Running we’re talking ALL THINGS cheating, from running club hook-ups to doping, course-cutting to creative training log edits. We’re starting with tonight’s #SaltyChat on Twitter at 7 p.m. EST!
USATF Indoor Nationals were held in Albuquerque, NM, this weekend. On the line were spots at the indoor world championships in England for the top two finishers in each event. However, qualifying rounds were determined in assorted ways that made watching and participating confusing. Some heats advanced by place and some by time, and it appeared the systems weren’t exactly clear. At least one sprinter found out moments before the race that advancing was based on the top eight times, not by winning the heat. As always, way to go, USATF.
In the distance events, it was all Shelby Houlihan. For the second year in a row, she won both the 3000 and the 1500 with a killer kick.
On Sunday, Houlihan came out to defend her 1500 title. She sat wayyyyy in the back until the last 50 meters, with Cory McGee, Colleen Quigley and Sara Vaughn all taking turns at the lead. After the last turn, Houlihan broke to the outside and cruised by Quigley. Great to see Quigley in second, making that national team as she returns from injury.
By the way, Houlihan has now won five USATF titles in the last 12 months. In her post-race interview, she said she would only race the 3000 at worlds.
Meanwhile, in marathoning … Austin, Texas, is one of four cities planning to bid for the 2020 marathon trials, and the Austin Marathon was on Saturday. Women’s marathon winner Allison Macsas picked up the OTQ standard with her 2:43.11, 3 minutes ahead of second place. Hillary Montgomery won the half-marathon in 1:16:15, with Allison Mendez-Cleaver just four seconds back.
Interesting read of the week: “Why Yoga Pants are Bad for Women,” by Honor Jones for the NYT’s opinion section.
Speaking of racing and cheating … Gesa Krause of Germany was awarded a European indoor championships bronze medal this weekend … from 2012. “I still imagine how disappointed I was getting fourth and missing a medal,” she posted on Instagram. “A few years later the Ukrainian girl who placed second was banned for doping. Since that day I knew that the bronze medal belonged to me. I had to wait 6 years to finally get my medal.”
Have you ever lost out on an award (no matter how small!) because of a cheater? What did you do? Are you a stickler for the rules, and report course-cutters or swapped bibs?
Remember, we’re talking all things cheating tonight on #SaltyChat!