Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon in 1980. It turns out, she cheated and simply hopped in a cab and only pretended to run the race. She hopped out 1/2 of a mile away and jogged to her trophy(which was subsequently taken away 8 days later).
Some marathon runners elect to have their toenails permanently removed. Their level of running causes friction on the toes and results in toenails routinely becoming damaged and detached. To circumvent chronic nail wounds, some people just get rid of them entirely.
An Ethiopian Olympic runner couldn’t find a comfortable pair of shoes, so he ran the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome barefoot, finished first, and set a new World Record.
The original female winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon had her title stripped away when it was discovered that she didn’t complete the entire race. She had earlier competed in the New York marathon, and an investigation revealed that she took the subway for part of the course.
There are 17 American men in history who have run under 2:10 in the marathon. In contrast, there were 32 Kenyans who did it just in October of 2011.
A 61-Year old potato farmer won a 544 Ultramarathon because he continued to run whilst the other competitors slept.
At the 1912 Olympics, a marathon runner quit and went home to Japan without telling officials and was considered a missing person in Sweden for 50 years. In 1966, he was invited to complete the marathon. His time: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds.