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Monday, December 18, 2006

Anti-Doping News

Old News: Grandma's Marathon female champ Halina Karnatsevich DQ'd for stanozolol.

New Twist (via Associated Press):
Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma's Marathon, said it was the fourth time USA Track and Field had selected the race for drug testing. It was the first time an athlete tested positive.
Keenan said race organizers will continue to encourage USA Track and Field to include Grandma's Marathon on its schedule for drug testing in the future.
Do directors of "mid-major" races see it as prestigious to get selected for dope tests? And if so, does it actually improve the profile of a race to have a positive test? Seems that way. So an event promotor would actually relish a doping DQ. I guess in the world of second- or third-tier marathons, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

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