Fastest Time Doesn't Win

Well, this is pretty lame. Nike held a woman's marathon on Sunday, and Arien O'Connell, a 24-year old 5th grade teacher, ran the fastest time. Here's the thing: She didn't start with the "elite" group, so she didn't win, even though she ran the 26 mile race in a little over two hours and fifty-five minutes.

From the San Francisco Gate article:

"I ran my best time by like 12 minutes, which is insane," she said.

At the awards ceremony, the O'Connell clan looked on as the top
times were announced and the "elite" female runners stepped forward to
accept their trophies.

"They called out the third-place time and I thought, 'I was faster
than that,' " she said. "Then they called out the second-place time and
I was faster than that. And then they called out the first-place time
(3:06), and I said, 'Heck, I'm faster than her first-place time, too.' "

Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.

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