This ultrarunner’s career just went to s–t.
Kelly Agnew, an avid ultramarathon competitor, was stripped of some of his titles after an investigation revealed that he was hiding in a Port-a-Potty to win races.
The 45-year-old was disqualified at Across the Years, a fixed-time event in Arizona that takes place every new year, when he was spotted “registering laps without running the complete loop of the course,” according to a Facebook post Wednesday from race organizers.
He’s won the 48-hour race four times since his first medal in 2014 for running 201.5 miles in the 48-hour limit.
Officials said they were first suspicious of his performances after he won the 48-hour race by more than 55 miles in 2015 — even though he stopped running seven hours before it ended — and decided to track him during the multi-day looped course in Phoenix.
“He was witnessed circling back at the start/finish staging area after completing a lap, spending over 7 minutes in a portable restroom and then ‘completing’ the lap and going on for his next without actually running the mile plus loop,” organizers said.
Organizers took immediate action, approaching Agnew and asking him to turn over his racing bib.
They also announced that they were rescinding his first-place titles at four other races where he missed certain check-in points on the course. Agnew is banned from future races hosted by the organization.
According to Derek Murphy, a business analyst best known for busting cheating roadrunners on his blog marathoninvestigation.com, Agnew also missed checkpoints at the famous Leadville 100 and has questionable times recorded for other races as well.
At least one sponsor dropped Agnew after he was busted for cheating at the Across the Years race, Murphy reported.
“It saddens us to see this take place at an event that is centered around camaraderie amongst runners and support of top performances,” organizers said. “This type of cheating is not tolerated by our race or race organization.”
But really, this is just being discriminatory. If you THINK you're a marathoner, then you ARE! No different that if he said he's a woman and wanted to compete as such. He should get the ACLU to sue for him.
Ultra-running is about competing against yourself and the course, not about competing with other runners.
In these races, everyone is rooting for everyone else to do well. As noted above, there's a camaraderie between the runners unlike any other sport I know of.
I hope this jerk NEVER is allowed to enter another race of any type in his miserable, pathetic life!
They must have no conscience. No voice inside their head that berates them for being a loser.
I can't imagine what that must be like. It's like the guy who steals mounts or poaches some huge animal and spins some crap about their "big hunt."
While they're carrying on about how great they are, it has to roll through their head that they're just douchebags. Undeserved and false accolades have to ring hollow inside.
And why in the world would this guy want to show up at any future races where everyone would know that he was a tool? If he wanted to compete against the course, others or himself, all he had to do was to not hide in a port-a-potty.
I've seen more-or-less the same thing in my running career.
In 1982, Ruiz was arrested for embezzling $60,000 from a real estate company where she worked. She spent one week in jail and was sentenced to five years' probation. She then moved back to South Florida, where she was arrested in 1983 for her involvement in a cocaine deal. She was sentenced to three years' probation. In April 1993, she was working in West Palm Beach as a client representative for a medical laboratory company. As of 2000, she still maintained that she ran the entire 1980 Boston Marathon.