IMO what the Canadians did was very much in the spirit of Cheney &
Bush....circumvent & assert victory....no? If GWB can (years ago)
declare "Mission Accomplished" on an aircraft carrier...I see no reason
why these Canadians can't also do the same.
Daily Gleaner | Canadian Business
As published on page D6 on November 11, 2005
Marine marathon runners take shortcut
The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Some members of a prominent Toronto runner's group
deliberately skipped several miles of the recent U.S. Marine Corps
Marathon in Washington, D.C. and then accepted medals for "finishing"
"The preliminary finding is that someone in the JeansMarines
organization, one of the coaches, assisted the runners into
circumventing the course," said Rick Nealis, the marathon's race
Now, the Marine Corps wants those medals back. And the founder of
JeansMarines - who assisted with the shortcut - has written members
asking any runners who did not fully complete the course to return
"I feel at this point that we are obliged to maintain the integrity and
the unfaltering spirit of JeansMarines," Dr. Jean Marmoreo wrote in an
"In order to do this, I believe we have no recourse other than to
return any medal that doesn't represent the total distance in the
specified seven-hour time limit."
On Oct. 30, more than 20,000 people crossed the starting line for the
30th annual Marine Corps Marathon. Among them were about 225 members of
JeansMarines - a group whose motto is "Yes, ma'am. You can do a
Nearly all of the 225 were women - some of whom had never run a
marathon in the past but had trained to walk or run this event.
Ahead of them lay a course with strict time limits: finish the 42
kilometres in seven hours or you're out; reach the 14th street bridge
within 5 1/2 hours or you're out.
There's no cash prize but there's a reward for finishing: a "finisher's
medal" for every successful participant.
Under the guidance of founder Marmoreo, some of the slowest runners
were encouraged to take a shortcut. They left the route and rejoined
it, shaving off nearly five kilometres and ensuring that they would be
able to reach the bridge and finish the event.