Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cherry Blossom 10 miler

Well it has been very crazy lately. I have been a lot busier then I thought I was going to be.
So back on April 11th I ran in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler held in Washington DC. This was my second time running it and not only did I have just as good a time as last year, I even bet my time. Thats right I got myself a PR by 10 mins. I was really exited about it. It was a nice day, unfortunately the blossoms were about a week past thier peak.
Not much to say as far as a race report is concerned, except for the fact that I had forgotten how many people actually ran in this race. There were times were I almost had to stop running while out on the course.

Now here is something that I need some help with in understanding, and please tell me if I am over analyzing this or not.

The local ABC station was actually a sponsor of the event and had some cameras there covering the event. They aired that special this past weekend - here is the link of a short little news clip. The special was actually a half hour long. http://cfc.wjla.com/videoondemand.cfm?id=62845 Now the reason for posting this link has to do with the finish of the elite men, this is at about 20 secs in. The half hour special that they aired really showed this, but it looked like Lelisa Desisa (7 in red) held out his arm to try to slow down Stephen Tum (19 in green) who ended up winning. I view this as poor sportsmanship and, because there is money involved, think that Lelisa Desisa should be disqualified. Of course this is only my opinion but I would like to get other views about this.
I can not believe that this would be "standard practice". I looked at the web site www.cherryblossom.org and it still shows that Lelisa Desisa was in 2nd and won $4000 in prize money. Anyway, it won't effect me either way I just wanted to share a little of what I saw and see what other thought about it.
Thanks for reading. More to come on my recent PR in a 10k race that I ran over the weekend.

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