East Moline, Illinois (KWQC)-All things considered, Quad Cities Marathon Director Joe Moreno is excited about the 2021 event.
“You know we had a great event, the weather was good, there were no trains, the results were good, there were a lot of public relations, and everyone had a great time,” Moreno said.
However, in the men’s marathon, when front runners Elijah Mwangangi Saolo and Luke Kibet took the lead in the middle of the race, a volunteer cyclist who guided the elite group made a wrong turn. Saolo and Kibet followed the rider and left the “clearly marked” and “correctly marked” route defined by Moreno and turned to the half marathon route instead of the marathon route. Due to the deviation, both players were disqualified from the competition.
Moreno said: “Unfortunately, one of our cyclists took a turn, and our two front runners also took a turn.” “This is not the first and it will not be the last marathon. .”
At the time of disqualification, the men’s champion Tyler Pence was about 20 seconds behind Salo and Kibet. Pence completed the third fastest game in history with a time of 2:15:06.
Pence on Facebook on Tuesday, Shared a photo with Saolo and Kibet after the game, with the caption “Who ever thought I would be torn apart because I turned right in a marathon. This is what the media will not show, three people who respect each other All three of them understand that these mistakes occurred in road racing. All three of them received bonuses. All three wished each other good luck in future races!”
Moreno said: “He (Pence) did not win by default. He ran very well, his speed reached a record level, and he has the ability to break our record,” Moreno said, “In this case, He deserves to win this game.”
As the winner, Pence received a cash prize of US$3,000. After review, even after being disqualified, Saolo and Kibet each received a reward of $2,000. Moreno estimates that unless they turn the wrong lap, all three contestants will be ranked high enough to earn cash prizes.
“We compensated the two elite runners who didn’t run well. We didn’t have to do this. We could easily say,’Well, you went crazy during bad turns. Everything is fine. You participated in the evening. Before a course meeting, it was your fault, and we don’t want to do that,” Moreno said. “We chose to compensate for the mistakes made by their bikers.”
Moreno added that these errors often occur in long distance races such as marathons.
“You think this is a bad situation, but it can happen in any game at any time,” Moreno said. “This is not the first time, and it will not be the last marathon.”
As for the cyclists, Moreno said they felt “remorse” for this situation, and as they progressed, Marathon said they would choose volunteer guides more carefully.
“When you have 1,500 volunteers, this is a big responsibility. You will feel that you have trained them enough. They know their responsibilities. They will do their work correctly, but things will happen. There,” Moreno said. “It only takes a moment of wrong decision to make this happen.”
Moreno said: “I just hope that the community will respect the occurrence of such things.”
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