Runner disqualified for hiding in portable toilets to win races
The experienced runner would apparently time his breaks in the toilet to keep his mile pace consistent.
Agnew had won the last four 48-hour ultramarathons since 2014, when he was the first to run 201.5 miles within the allotted time, but event officials have disqualified and banned him from all future races for cheating.
According to a Facebook post by event organizers, Agnew was seen “registering laps without running the complete loop of the course,” instead hiding inside a portable loo for seven minutes before getting out to cross the start/finish mat.
Across the Years officials became suspicious of Agnew after he won the 2015 48-hour ultramarathon by more than 55 miles.
This was despite the fact that he had stopped running after 41 hours, 7 before the race ended.
This year, they hired Mark Melton, of MCM timing, to track Agnew during the multi-day looped course in Phoenix and found that he was not a superhuman runner at all, he was just really good at cheating.
“He was witnessed circling back at the start/finish staging area after completing a lap, spending over 7 minutes in a portable restroom and then ‘completing’ the lap and going on for his next without actually running the mile plus loop,”organizers wrote in the Facebook post.
Event officials took immediate action by approaching Agnew and telling him to turn in his racing bib.
They then announced that they were rescinding his titles from the four other races where he missed specific check-in points and banned him from all future events.
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