The top female finisher at a Missouri marathon last weekend has been disqualified for cheating.
Kendall Schler was the first woman to cross the finish line of the Go! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday with an impressive time of 2 hours and 50 minutes.
She received a $1,500 check and took a picture with Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee after the race. It all seemed to be going well for Schler, until Wednesday when she was told her win was being taken away.
KSDK reports race organizers became suspicious shortly after Schler crossed the finish line because she wasn't wearing her bib in the right place and she wasn't being escorted by bicycles. They eventually determined that Schler didn't run the event, but snuck onto the course at the last checkpoint.
"When she crossed we were somewhat suspect. We couldn't see the bib which is really important and actually part of the rules of competition is that you wear your bib squarely on your front of your shirt."
The real top female finisher of this year's Go! St. Louis Marathon is Andrea Karl, a graduate student at Washington State University who finished with a time of 2 hours and 54 minutes. Congrats, Karl. You earned it.
Even though it's all been sorted out, many expressed outrage at the incident.
Fitness writer Pam LeBlanc said, "This blows me away... What has to happen to someone in order for them to cheat at winning a marathon?"
Michael Reagan tweeted, My wife and daughter both ran Boston last yr.This is an outrage to those that train so hard."
And Rich Chrismer suggested that "Kendall Schler should be barred from all @USATF certified events for cheating + stealing Andrea Karl's moment."
Race officials say Schler also faked her third-place finish at last year's marathon. That time gave her an invite to run in the Boston Marathon this year but now those race officials aren't welcoming her to the course.