Running isn’t exactly known for attracting bad guys, but our sport does have its resident criminals: dopers, cheats, and those pesky bandits. While doping and stuff like course-cutting have always been viewed as bad, banditing has a slightly less odious past. For years, banditing was part of the sport. As recently as six years ago, the Boston Globe published a how-to guide for Boston Marathon bandits. By 2014, though, Boston too banned the bandit. More recently, the website Marathon Investigator, riding the wave of ever-increasing scrutiny of the once accepted-renegades, published photos of bandits along with other race cheats. Today, the mere mention of banditing will open one up to a mob hurling words like “stealing” or “dangerous”. Times they have changed.
Recently, banditing hit the running news when Marathon Investigator outed internet running celebrity and Oiselle muse Kelly Roberts as a bandit. While some were quick to dogpile on her, Kelly apologized after noting she was just pacing her friends. Others went further, even arguing women might justifiably bandit as an homage to Bobbi Gibb, the first woman finisher of Boston who bandited because the race would not allow women to register.
Is banditing always wrong? Are all ways of banditing equally heinous crimes? We decided to ask you!
Below our resident bandit (who looks very familiar), serves up some hypothetical banditing situations along with a defense of her actions. For each, you decide whether she was justified or what punishment you’d mete out and at the end of the quiz you’ll find out your anti-banditness.
Ready! Set! Judge!
What result did you get? Do the cheetahs all belong behind bars? Care to explain any of your answers?