Thursday, April 10, 2014

Boston Cheat

By Mark Naymik, Northeast Ohio Media Group The Plain Dealer  

Soon after two bombs exploded at last year's Boston Marathon, Cleveland businessman and runner Kevin Goodman shared with local media outlets his account of the day's events – and the personal record he set.
Goodman, managing partner of Cleveland's BlueBridge Networks, which offers cloud-computing services, reported completing the 26.2-mile race in 3:03.14, a very competitive time for a 50-year-old.

The University Heights resident recalled recovering in his hotel bathtub about an hour later when he heard two homemade bombs detonate on Boylston Street near the finish line, turning a day normally celebrated for athletic achievement into one of tragedy.
He got dressed, called home and hit the streets to help, assisting with "some pretty radical tourniquet scenarios," according to a Sun Newspaper account of his story.

But nearly a year later, the association that manages the Boston Marathon offers a different account, one in which no record exists of Goodman running the race and certainly not in 3:03:14.

Marc Davis, a spokesman for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) told me this week that Goodman was registered to compete in the marathon but the BAA has no record of Goodman actually starting or finishing. The BAA tracks runners with a small electronic device known as a chip. The device is affixed to their race number and transmits timing information via radio frequency.
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