Marathon Runner Is Banned for 12 Months After Using a Car to Finish in Third Place

November 15, 2023

A marathon runner who accepted a trophy for her third-place victory earlier this year has been labeled a cheater, the BBC reports. Joasia Zakrzewski, a 47-year-old Scotland native, took the medal in the 50-mile 2023 Manchester to Liverpool Ultras50 marathon on April 7.

However, tracking data showed that Zakrzewski used a car to travel roughly 2.5 miles in the middle of the race. When confronted, the athlete admitted to officials that she had hitched a ride, but hadn’t initially copped to it because she was “embarrassed.” Men’s Journal