This story is what is wrong with the internet. Some random person posts a petition on line that is completely false the way it is written and a bunch of people take two seconds to sign a petition without knowing the issues and then the media picks it up.
Calling it a "charity 5k" to make it sound like he is just trying to support the cause makes him seem like a martyr and he was just out there for a jog to raise money. He could have just donated his time like he was going to and paid his $30 to support the cause. This WAS a timed race with awards just like any other competitive race. And he raced close to his PR, so you know he was competing.
State associations are not draconian as Scott Peterson said. You are not required to participate in a school sponsored sport. It is a choice. But there are rules in place and you must follow them. Students must earn a certain GPA, take a certain amount of classes and the state association can limit how much you compete in your sport. It is for the protection of the athletes so they don't get pulled into extra racing by over zealous parents or outside coaches. If you don't like the rules, you can choose to run on your own in open races. That is the freedom we all have.
But the thing that gets my goat, is a kid broke a rule that is well know and now people are whining and saying how unfair it is. How about just admitting your mistake and taking the consequence and learn from it.
His father got it right when he was quoted â€œWhen he got to school on Monday and he found out he was disqualified, he accepted it,â€ Dave Raymond said. â€œAnd he said, â€˜I screwed up and Iâ€™ll learn from this.â€™ That should be the end of this.