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Runners Complain Of No Medals In Pasadena

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 3, 2013
  • Updated Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM UTC

Race officials will have to mail them out.

For many runners, the whole point of completing a race like a half marathon or a marathon is to cross the finish and receive a prized medal.

However, the Pasadena Star-News has reported that this wasn’t the case for everyone at last weekend’s Pasadena Half Marathon.

Michelle Glover was one athlete who braved the heat, walking the last 3 to 4 miles only to discover that her medal would be mailed out.

“To cross the finish line and be told my medal is going to be mailed to me, was really disappointing,” the 24-year-old Glover remarked. “It’s the first time it’s ever happened to me.”

Apparently, she wasn’t alone.

Other runners took to the race’s Facebook page to make their complaints known.

“Maybe it’s silly, but not having the medal experience negated this entire experience,” Ben Kilardy penned. “I actually feel worse for some reason. Having trouble finding enjoyment in today’s event.”

Race director Israel Estrada did not respond to requests for comment on the story.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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