Cowtown Marathon winner stripped of title

Imagine running 26.2 miles and doing it faster than anyone else, then being told it doesn’t count.

That happened to Scott Downard on Sunday when he won the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth and almost immediately was stripped of the title.

And Downard took it all in stride.

Downard won the race while wearing the registration bib of a friend who could not make the race. Since he did not officially register for the race, marathon officials disqualified him.

First place and a free trip to the New York Marathon were awarded to second-place finisher Kolin Styles, who reached the finish line six minutes after Downard.

Downard, 25, from Norman, Oklahoma, did not put up a fuss.

“He understood completely and said he’d come back next year,” marathon executive director Heidi Swartz told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Styles, 25, from Weatherford, Texas, was competing in his second marathon. His official winning time of 2 hours, 37 minutes and 53 seconds was a testament to his training — and for following registration rules.

“I’ll take it,” Styles told the Star-Telegram. “It was the time I wanted to be around, especially with a day like this with the wind and the hills.”

Oddly, this isn’t the first time the Cowtown Marathon has had to disqualify an unregistered winner. In 2003, Augustine Hernandez finished 16 minutes ahead of Greg Floyd, but Hernandez was disqualified for wearing the wrong race number.

 

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