Sunday, February 11, 2007

Most Influential People & Events - #3 of 7

Back In November '06, Runner's World had an article on the forty most influential people and moments in running over the past forty years. Over the next few posts you'll learn which seven people/moments that made the list are directly connected to the Boston Marathon. Here's #3...

Rosie Ruiz "Wins" the Boston Marathon
Things that make you go hmmm: Without Rosie, would we have the ChampionChip, a computerized tracking system introduced in 1996?

Back in 1980, it took one whole week before organizers realized that Rosie jumped in the race at the final half mile. After the Rosie incident, race organizers set up video cameras and checkpoints along the course to make sure something like that would never happen again. Cheaters never win. And winners never cheat.