not true.... I've run 2 Ironman triathlons and in both I've seen better sportsmanship than in any running race. In the first, I saw a group refuse to leave a member when he said for them to go on because he didn't think he was going to make it. They told him:"We've come this far together, we're going to finish together" In the second, I was tired and started walking. Many people asked if I was ok, and one guy offered me his enervit gel. After both races I was asked several times about my race, and I also asked many others how their races went.