People cheat at lots of stuff, so it’s no surprise that in the highly competitive world of long distance running these shenanigans occur. (Yeah, I just said “shenanigans.” And I liked it.) The motivation for most of these people seems pretty obvious – they’re trying to qualify for another race or trying to win the one (and purse) they are in.
But I was a little confused when recent allegations of Katie Holmes Cruise faking the NYC marathon surfaced. Why??? She finished in over five and a half hours. That’s not even close to being a competitive time. I’m not knocking Katie – finishing a marathon at all is a huge accomplishment – but that kind of time indicates a considerable amount of walking/slow jogging. I would think if you were going to go to the trouble of faking it, you’d at least fake a good time!
Katie’s not wearing a sports bra (and those cami-tanks are NOT a substitute), her pants are really long (the better to trip you with, my dear) & she’s finishing in a cotton jacket with very little sweat BUT I’ve seen people run races in all types of ridiculous clothing. Most runners wear wicking fabrics & a really good compression bra but just because she didn’t, doesn’t mean she didn’t run it. Although I will say she probably got some wicked nip chafing. Eeek.
2. She was photographed mere hours later in heels at hubby Tom Cruise’s premiere. Again, whatevs. Her legs were probably really sore but being a celebrity she’s probably used to wearing heels all the time and who among us hasn’t sucked it up and done something for a significant other while in some physical pain? The longest I’ve ever run is 18 miles and I was tired the rest of the day (and the next, and the next…) but I carried on with my normal routine. I mean, yeah, she ran/walked a looooong way but not everyone dies when they cross the finish line.
3. The man next to her (see pic below), had the exact same split times as she did, leading some people to speculate that he ran the race for her. Others explain that as he was her body guard and stuck to her like glue for the whole race. I’m inclined to believe the latter, given who her husband is.
4. Lastly, people are wondering why there are only pics of her at the end of the race. This is the only one that is remotely compelling to me. You’d think her every footstep would have been caught on film by the paparazzi. But, who knows? Maybe they got bored on the job. Maybe they couldn’t get through the crowds.
I think she ran it. What would she have to gain from lying about it?? But I want to know what you all think (especially Gretchen – you super marathoner, you!). Is she a faker?