No it is not ok.
We paid and trained hard for races. Ok we may have cheated a little bit but only by a few to get to the finish line.
What is race cheating?
Race cheating is about taking away another person’s medal/time or entry into Boston. It is about falsifying results by various means.
I write about this issue as I have read in articles that this sort of thing is big in the US especially for Boston. Actually I read online that some people cheated in this year’s Melbourne Marathon. Whilst I technically did not complete all the race others found their way to cheat it as I saw in the results.
Earlier that year Jane SEO cheated in her half Marathon at Fort Lauderdale. In the end though she admitted her guilt and was stripped of her medal. It was the same for the guy that took the bus for the last six miles in Wales and took the third place. Well it should have been awarded to the other guy. The other guy missed his chance and was disappointed.
Some people course cutted their way deliberately and others used someone else’s bib to race. Course cutting happens when people miss a section of the course and intention course cutting is cheating. Melbourne Marathon is an International race hence they have strict rules about race transfers and swapping bibs. They also have rules about unauthorized selling online and the officials monitor Gumtree. After the race officials monitor the results and if you miss a timing mat they would likely think that you cheated. According to Marathoninvestigation, the results are monitored with a very close eye.
Why I don’t post photos of my bib online is because there are people that will copy the bib and wear it themselves. Plus my bib has my ID on it. These people have not paid for the resources nor the law enforcement. And they don’t deserve to be on the course.
What happens if you cheat?
If you cheat you will be banned from all races. You will have to give the medal back. If you cheat you will be caught. But if you course cutted (misdirection) by accident as I did then just email the officials and no penalty will be awarded.
Should I cheat in races? The answer is clearly no