A few months ago, I learned there was a “working group” with Road Race Management for discussing anti-doping measures. We brained stormed with back and forth emails. Finally, they suggested I write an article for their monthly newsletter with my thoughts, coming from an elite runner and what I’ve seen/experienced. I had wanted to reach out to race directors as well, so this was a way of “speaking to the masses”.
I’m thankful they have given me permission to share the article. Road Race Management is one of the most comprehensive resources on what’s happening in the sport. If anyone is interested in getting a membership (which includes getting the monthly newsletter), I highly recommend it (their newsletter is ‘awesome’- lots of great articles and insight!).
Also, I’m sharing this, in light of what happened in Boston– Master’s runner/doper, Liza Hunter-Galvan, was [accidentally?] let into the elite women’s start and ended up being 1st Master’s and picking up $10,000. I was under the impression that Boston, being a World Marathon Major and having an anti-doping policy, wouldn’t allow a doper into their elite field or to compete for prize money. It’s a shame this happened, especially since I just wrote about Liza in my article and how races shouldn’t allow dopers into the elite start!
Here’s the article (shared with permission by RRM): Road Race Management article- Take an anti-doping stance
Here’s RRM’s new database to look up whether athletes have been sanctioned for doping within the last 10 yrs– RDs/elite coordinators should do their research on athletes! It creates bad publicity if you let a doper (or two or more!) into your field! http://www.dopingsanctions.com/
[Edit: The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon has adopted an anti-doping policy! Brilliant- check it out: http://www.monumentalmarathon.com/press-releases/2015-04-16-IMM-Takes-Stand-Against-Doping.php ]