Do cheaters win?

Does the name Jacqueline Gareau ring a bell?

What about Rosie Ruiz?

Their names are tied together in history, but I’m betting many more of you recognize the latter name. I know that’s true of me.

On this date in 1980, 35 years ago, Jacqueline Gareau won the Boston Marathon in record time, though that fact was not acknowledged for another week because Rosie Ruiz crossed the finish line first. While Ruiz still maintains she ran the entire race, officials determined she somehow left the course and sprinted back into competition near the finish line.

The point here, though, is not to argue the facts of the race but to question what we remember and why.

Gareau was awarded the win in record time. Ruiz was labeled a cheater, yet her name is arguably the better known today.

Am I right and, if so, what does that mean?

2 thoughts on “Do cheaters win?”

  1. Perhaps one really wants to be famous, it doesn’t matter how you do it? Or maybe one’s arrogance does not allow the possibility of being found out as a cheat.


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