Lakefront Marathon officials have disqualified a second women's winner because the runner from Lombard, Ill., tuned into her iPod in the late stages of the run to Veterans Park. The unprecedented action appears to elevate Corina Canitz of Brookfield into the top spot, although two other women beat her to the finish line on Sunday...

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2,174 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should people running in marathons be allowed to listen to their iPods while participating?
Lakefront Marathon officials have disqualified a second women's winner because the runner from Lombard, Ill., tuned into her iPod in the late stages of the run to Veterans Park. The unprecedented action appears to elevate Corina Canitz of Brookfield into the top spot, although two other women beat her to the finish line on Sunday...

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12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/17/09 - 11:29:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
God, yes. I ran a half-marathon a couple of years ago, and I'm pretty sure I would have quit half way through if I didn't have music. It's boring enough with something to listen to, I can only imagine how bad it would have been without.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/17/09 - 11:32:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ok, I just read the article, and the rule only applies to "elite" runners. While I don't understand why it's banned, if they went into the race knowing that rule, they should have to follow it.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/17/09 - 11:41:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Dumb rule. maybe if enough people break it, they'll change the rules.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/17/09 - 11:43:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
they could have a recording of someone telling them all the answers of how to win the race!
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/17/09 - 4:05:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
The savvy ones cheat and write the answers on their arms and sneak a peak during the last miles.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/17/09 - 4:06:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/17/09 - 4:05:05 PM Mispelled wrote:
The savvy ones cheat and write the answers on their arms and sneak a peak during the last miles.

i thought that was just a rumor?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/18/09 - 12:37:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why not? If anything, they'll lose focus and cause themselves to trail...it's not like they'll gain super speed/power and win the race because of it.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/18/09 - 12:45:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ Actually, music has the opposite effect on endurance athletes. The less they think about running (and the discomfort, and all that not-so-fun stuff), the better they perform. I think there's a fair bit of literature out there on music being used with normal exercise patterns as a means of lengthening the workout time before the participants are exhausted.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/18/09 - 12:47:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
As far as the ban: if there's a valid safety concern (wires, etc), then a ban makes sense (and should apply to all athletes in the event), but it seems that's not the case at all...
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/20/09 - 12:50:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/18/09 - 12:45:41 PM Malletman wrote:
^ Actually, music has the opposite effect on endurance athletes. The less they think about running (and the discomfort, and all that not-so-fun stuff), the better they perform. I think there's a fair bit of literature out there on music being used with normal exercise patterns as a means of lengthening the workout time before the participants are exhausted.


Hmm I suppose you're right...in fact, I found that doing chores around the house don't seem so bad...only when listening to music...
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/20/09 - 12:51:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, it would pump them up and they'd probably do better.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/20/09 - 12:55:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess...I wouldn't really want to, personally.



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