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  • Marathon Winner Disqualified for Listening to iPod

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    The winner of a marathon in Milwaukee, Wisc. was stripped of her title after photos showed she had an iPod on her during the race. Competitors going for US Track and Field championships and/or cash prizes are prohibited from using any electronic devices while running.

    The rule has caused a great deal of controversy among runners. It was relaxed by US Track and Field officials in the last year, leaving it up to the race directors in specific competitions to decide if electronic devices are to be allowed. As a result, a two-tiered standard has emerged average runners are generally permitted to use a music player, but elite runners are not.

    Jennifer Goebel, 27, got a time of 3:02:50 and came in second after the winning runner was disqualified for accepting a water bottle from a friend. She disagrees with the outcome, and says she's being unfairly singled out for a harmless act. "If they're going to disqualify me for having an iPod they should disqualify everyone who had one," she said. "It's just a little ridiculous. I went there to have a fun race with my friends."

    After the original winner, Cassie Peller, was disqualified, her supporters discovered Goebel's iPod in an online photo album, and complained that Peller had been unfairly singled out by race officials, and that Goebel also deserved to be disqualified.

    Goebel, for her part, said she is willing to give up the $500 prize for listening to her iPod, but feels her win should stand. "I wasn't listening to [the iPod] earlier in the race," she said. "I wasn't going to put the music on unless I thought I needed it. If you're bored, it pumps you up a little bit. Sometimes, on a long training run, I'll bring it along for the last half hour. When I run marathons sometimes I carry it and never put it on."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Marathon Winner Disqualified for Listening to iPod started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Using an iPod might give her somewhat of an unfair advantage because she's most likely playing music that's hyping her up, causing her to run faster and longer than say someone without any kind of music playing. To keep the competition fair no one should be allowed to listen to any music that every other competitor cannot hear.
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      Dumb assed Americans, why even bother with this. It's just an iPod FFS.
      Will they disqualify those who have hearing aids(they're electronics too)
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I feel sorry for her but then again that is the rules. I think the rules are stupid but probably someone that doesn't have a ipod made up the rules.

      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      When they come out with the iPod suppository she can run all she wants
      lmao one1!
    1. bcbuckles's Avatar
      bcbuckles -
      Some of you are so uninformed. If you actually were a runner you would know how much an iPod can actually help your performance. They get you pumped, get your adrenaline going. Theyre banned from practically every running event. You cant even use them in high school meets and runners accept this. She should have known better.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
    1. Superman0069's Avatar
      Superman0069 -
      Personally, she can take ME and place ME in her ear, (as long as they're clean), and I'll sing whatever song she wants, whenever she wants during a marathon...she's pretty hot...I don't think there's anything in the rule book against having an enthusiastic karaoke pixie sized latino in your ear as a source of music...
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      didnt you ppl read the article she didnt even really win the other winner took a water bottle and got disqualified so she wants them to over turn hers but not the real winner dumb. i mean to bad the first winners fanboys snapped some pics and made a big deal haha o well ya live ya learn read and follow the rules.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Man you guys really lag with the "news".
      You all should check out 9to5mac.com for your Apple news.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      ... And that's how she learn'd her lesson.
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      R u kidding me? Even high school track meet doesn't allow iPod. She should know better.
      A marathon is a lot different than HS track. Kids are running 100m up to 2 miles.. that's 10 minutes (max) of running compared to 3 hours of running. That is horrible and she should not have been disqualified for it. Regardless if she was listening to it or not, what advantage would she have over the other runners? If anything, it could be a disadvantage because the ipod is extra weight.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      My daily amusement from the "freakshow usa".

      I would say: electrocute her, that would be really fair and Apple must pay 500 Billion Dollars for Doping !!!
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rescuer View Post
      i'd hit it
    1. hateraide's Avatar
      hateraide -
      I would like to put Mypod up in that :$