Many of you at this point I am sure have heard of the food blogger who cheated at the Ft. Lauderdale Half Marathon. If you haven’t you can read all about it here. Basically this woman cut the course and by doing so claimed the second place finish in the race. She even went so far as to bike the course that afternoon to collect “correct” data for to post on Strava. Eventually she admitted she cheated, but only after the article by Murphy was published with proof.
I cannot even fathom why someone would do this???? For a few minutes of fame that does not even belong to you??? How can “winning” second place feel good when you know you cheated to achieve it??? Why would you want something that is not yours??
This Harvard graduate food blogger basically ruined everything she has ever achieved with this one decision. I don’t think anyone will trust her again. She had over 35,000 followers on instagram and now that account is gone, probably because her fans called her out on her choice to cheat. I am pretty sure she probably has had to disable her entire internet life to avoid the backlash of her choice. I am not sure what she thought she would accomplish by doing this, but I am fairly certain she didn’t think she would get caught.
She isn’t the first to get caught cheating during races and I am sure she won’t be the last. Some people say these people only hurt themselves, but I completely disagree. This particular woman stole second place from a person that actually deserved it. She took that moment away from them and they will never get it back. Is that fair??? Absolutely not. Again, I just can’t understand why??? How can you celebrate something you stole from someone else??? Someone that actually achieved and deserved second place??
Every race I have run, slow or fast, I have worked my ass off to finish. I will probably never come close to a second place finish and would have to cheat to get it, but I wouldn’t want that…….I wouldn’t want to claim something that is not actually mine. I compete with myself. I work to achieve my own personal goals. If I cheated I would only be cheating myself. I could never do it. It wouldn’t feel right.
If this woman’s intent was to get her 15 minutes of fame, well kudos to her, because she definitely achieved that goal. I am pretty sure this wasn’t the fame she wanted, but we all make our choices and we all have to deal with the consequences of those choices…good or bad. In the end if you cheat, whether you get caught or not, you are not a winner, even if you pretend to be one.
What are your thoughts on people that cheat during races?