Can I ask how many people here actually enter races and run for charity every now and then? Probably none of you because you think it’s beneath you because running for a cause is a “hobby jogger thing to do” am I right? And the last thing your prescious egos want is to be percieved as a “hobby jogger” (which you all 100% are).
I just don’t see how somebody else’s marathon time impacts any of you, it’s sad (and quote frankly, childish) that you care enough to belittle a person about it. I’m pretty sure you would look down on obese people more if they didn’t run but there they are, out there actually giving the sports an honest shot and they still get slagged - damned if they do, damned it they don’t. Um, hello - they ARE making a present effort with their if and if they weren't - they wouldn’t e able to complete a marathon, their participation in the marathon was what you would call action in progress. They have probably inspired a few obese people. A lot of obese people have the mentality that “I’m worthless, I’m too fat to do anything.” and these ladies prove to others who struggle with weight that anything is possible. 99% of people don’t know the difference between a 3 hour marathon and a 7 hour marathon anyway so who damn well cares?
If they saw some of the replies in this message board, it would probably put them off our sport for good and I personally, see that as a bad thing and ust another thing that will continue to contribute to the national weight crisis.
I say get MORE people put there doing 7 hour marathons, the fact these ladies probably went from being unable to walk a few blocks without stopping to being able to run a 7.5 hour marathon has probably added years to their life and if they continue to drop weight and run for fun, those 7 hour marathons could become 5 hour marathons and they could be around long enough to see their grandchildren graduate. That’s what is really important here, not all of you assholes.