In one of those classic examples of why do smart people do stupid things, the show The Biggest Loser on NBC shows one of their recent contestants completing a marathon in under 4 hours while weighing close to 300 pounds. I saw the show and was amazed. I haven’t been able to do that on 3 tries and wondered what the heck I was doing wrong.
Well…come to find out that he didn’t run the marathon unaided. Depending on which report you believe, he got a van ride for 3-6 miles toward the end and was crossing the finish line at just under 6 hours. I just don’t get why the show would be so stupid.
It’s a show about inspiring people with amazing transformations. Having him run a half-marathon or even completing a full 26.2 miles at a slow time would have been a great story. Instead you ruin it and cast down on some of the things that the contestants do.
“I always intended to run the full marathon. At the 17th mile, I knew I would not make it in time to cross the finish line before it closed at 6 hours, so I then received a ride from the field producer, who wanted to show me crossing the finish line. He drove me for three miles, and then I ran the rest of the way. After all the filming was done I went back and finished the last 3 miles later that day with my wife and cousin Blaine. I apologize for stating that I ran the entire marathon before I actually ran the whole 26 miles. I am proud of the feat of just running 26 miles in one day.”