Cowtown Marathon Winner Disqualified

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 28, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM UTC
Kolin Styles (right) was deemed the winner in last weekend's Cowtown Marathon. Photo; Star-Telegram.

He was wearing an unauthorized bib.

There was a bit of intrigue in Fort Worth, Texas last weekend. At the 34th edition of the Cowtown Marathon, winner Scott Downard was disqualified. The reason: he had failed to properly register for the race.

The 25-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma crossed the finish wearing an unauthorized bib in two hours, thirty-one minutes and 40 seconds. Race director Heidi Swartz said that Downard was wearing a friend’s bib who couldn’t make the race. He fessed up to it immediately.

“He understood completely and said he’d come back next year,” Swartz said.

The race’s runner-up, Kolin Styles, was awarded the win. His finishing time was 2:37:53. The 25-year-old Styles was pleased with his win. “I’ll take it,” he said. “It was the time I wanted to be around and especially with a day like this with the wind and the hills.”

Beth Cooper won the women’s race in 2:55:25–a new personal best. Second place in the women’s division went to Karen Meraw (3:06:20).

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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