Winner of St. Louis Marathon Stripped of Title After Officials Discover She SKIPPED Part of the Course!

Winner of St. Louis Marathon Stripped of Title After Officials Discover She SKIPPED Part of the Course!

You remember when your parents told you that “cheaters never win”? Well, you’ll be happy to know that even if it takes a while, the truth does come out. Kendall Schler, the “winner” of two St. Louis marathons was stripped of both titles after it came to light that she didn’t run the full course EITHER YEAR!

27AC879B00000578-3043645-image-a-1_1429295735488From The Daily Mail:

A Missouri woman who finished a St. Louis marathon third last year and was the female winner of it this year is being stripped of the title after officials concluded she didn’t run the full course either year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officials determined that Kendall Schler crept onto the GO! St. Louis Marathon’s course last weekend after the last checkpoint, didn’t record any of her times electronically along the way, and didn’t run the entire 26.2 miles.

Schler was spotted at the beginning of the race and the end of the race, and while Schler’s actual course is unknown, the starting point of the race are suspiciously just three blocks apart.

Schler claims to have removed both the magnetic strips meant to record her times from her race (violation of race protocol) and since no photographs of her were taken along the way there is no proof she is the rightful winner.

Her finish time that qualified her to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon has now been erased, and her spot in the event has been vacated.

Her third-place finish last year also was wiped out after officials couldn’t find evidence that she crossed any of that event’s checkpoints.

‘It’s a difficult situation for everybody, including the people who run a fair race and don’t get the recognition they should receive,’ said Nancy Lieberman, president of GO! St. Louis.

‘I said to her, “It looks like you perpetrated a fraud.”‘

‘I have nothing legitimate that says she officially started and ran 26.2 miles in 2014 or 2015,’ she added.

Lieberman said incidents of dishonest runners happened but called this ‘an extreme case.’

When Lieberman made Schler prove she ran all of the checkpoints from last years race she was unable to provide them and he title was stripped from her.

‘I said, “I’m going to disqualify you in 2014 unless you provide me photos of you along the course,” ‘ Lieberman said.

‘I told her if she showed me photos within two hours I’d consider not disqualifying her.’

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the course has seven spots where a runner is meant to record a time. The spots are the start, the finish, and five spots within the course.

Lieberman said she did not register a time at any spot. There was no electronic evidence of any of those times either.

According to the president of the marathon Nancy Leiberman, Schler claimed to have removed the magnetic strips from both of her race bibs. Tampering with race bibs is a violation of race protocol, says Leiberman.

Lieberman checked with U.S. Track and Field officials on the course who also saw no sign of her.

‘They’re situated in specific places so that people can’t cheat and jump on at other times,’ Lieberman said.

‘They didn’t see (Schler) anywhere on the course.’

The true winner of the race was a woman named Angela Karl who Lieberman says didn’t get the recognition that she deserved.

‘There’s a euphoria the winner gets, breaking the tape and having the crowd cheer,’ Lieberman said. 

‘The true winner did everything right and didn’t get her due.”

Of all of the things in life to cut corners on, you chose a race? Did she feel better after doing that? I mean, what was the payoff? Sometimes the stupidity of people amazes me.

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