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LoopHarder
RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

elflord wrote:
When claiming any kind of athletic achievement, it's incumbent upon the person claiming the feat to have proof that they ran the full distance. That's why we have course certification rules, rules about how races can be timed, etc.

Unfortunately in the ultra running community there seems to be an emphasis on "feats" which are involve some kind of story about a personal journey (and therefore not subject to rules and verification). And that's OK, but until there are rules and a ratification process that the larger community trusts, it never really makes the transition from being a "story" to a verified accomplishment (especially when it's the case that we have reason to doubt the storytellers fidelity to the truth to begin with)


I think you accurately describe the difference in mentality here.

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