And the results are in. Once again, we can prove that Ragen is full of shit.
Ragen said that the reason she pulled out of the LA Marathon was because they changed the cutoff time to 6:30:00 and she wouldn’t be able to get a medal and finish time. She blogged about it here.
Everyone knew back in July that the LA Marathon organizers had already arranged to accommodate late finishers. We pointed out that the finish line was simply being moved off the road into an adjacent park and all late finishers would receive medals and finish times. We blogged about it here. Scroll down to Lie #2 in that blog.
It seems that a “completely obsessed hater” also helpfully informed Ragen of this in blog comments that made it past her elite comment moderation skills, and she had to run damage control when a regular asked about it. She claimed a race organizer told her that even if she received a medal there was no absolute guarantee of an “official” finish time. Apparently Ragen isn’t just doing it for the medal now; she also needs an “official” time no matter how late she decides to waddle over the line. In case she needs to qualify for the Boston Marathon or something.
I took the liberty of emailing the LA Marathon organizers to ask about finish times. An extremely helpful coordinator replied right away and told me the timing mats (used for splits) were indeed taken up around the 9 hour mark to allow traffic flow to re-open (just like Ragen’s Seattle marathon), but that anyone who finished and has a time registered in the results will also receive an official result. Even Ragen’s make-up excuse was bullshit.
So, the LA Marathon is over. And just out of curiosity, I googled the finish times for 80 year old women. There were two finishers. One at just over 7 hours and the other at 8.5 hours. Still a full 4 hours faster than Ragen’s Seattle Marathon time, but who’s keeping track?
Click here to see the results. Play around with them. Get the times for 80 year old men. Shit – check out the times for the handicapped people. People in wheelchairs. 70 year old women. Check them all out. There are people with 11 hour finish times. There are thousands of people with finish times past the 6.5 hour cutoff that Ragen used as an excuse to drop out of the LA Marathon. All of them got off their asses and finished while Ragen wrote whiney blogs about how hard it is to run.
You still won’t find a time even close to Ragen’s dismal Seattle Marathon “official” time of 12.5 hours. Don’t forget, Ragen is, by her own standards, an “elite athlete”.
So yeah – she lied. Again.