Roughly 11,000 runners within the Mexico Metropolis Marathon have been disqualified for dishonest, based on a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.
Organisers of the 27 August race launched an investigation after receiving complaints that runners had used vehicles, bikes and public transportation to chop sections of the course, Marca reported. The 11,000 disqualified runners make up greater than a 3rd of the entire 30,000 contributors.
The runners have been disqualified after lacking checkpoints that have been positioned each 5 kilometres alongside the 42.195-km course.
“The Mexico Metropolis Sports activities Institute informs that it’s going to proceed to determine these circumstances by which contributors of the XL Mexico Metropolis Marathon Telcel 2023 have demonstrated an unsportsmanlike angle in the course of the occasion and can invalidate their registration instances,” race organisers mentioned in an announcement.
“This nice occasion not solely represents an excellent celebration for all of the inhabitants of the capital, but additionally an event to reaffirm the transcendental values of sport.”
The Mexico Metropolis Marathon holds World Athletics Gold Label Standing, which is awarded to occasions that uphold the strictest requirements for planning, organisation and supply.
Disqualifications are frequent on the annual race, with some 6,000 runners denied their finishers’ medals amid accusations of dishonest in 2017, and one other 3,090 on the 2018 occasion.
Lori Ewing for Reuters