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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nike Makes Amends





This was posted on a Nike+ Forum today:

Hi all,

Nike is announcing today that it recognizes Arien O'Connell as a winner in last weekend’s Nike Women’s Marathon with the fastest chip time, completing the full race in 2:55:11. She shattered her previous time and achieved an amazing accomplishment.

Arien will receive the same recognition and prize, including a Tiffany & Co. bowl, the full marathon elite group winner received. Arien was unfortunately not immediately recognized as a race winner because she did not start the race with the elite running group, which is required by USATF standards. Because of their earlier start time, the runners in the elite group had no knowledge of the outstanding race Arien was running and could not adjust their strategies accordingly.

Learning from the unique experience in this year’s race, Nike has decided today to eliminate the elite running group from future Nike Women's Marathons. Next year, all runners will run in the same group and all will be eligible to win.

Nike has a proven track record of supporting athletes and we’re proud to be able to honor Arien and other athletes who surpass their goals and achieve great accomplishments.

Cheers,

Nike+ / Nike Running


Yay Nike! It just shouldn't have taken two days.

Congratulations Arien!

6 Comments:

At 9:29 PM, Blogger lizzie lee said...

I didn't have a clue of this. Thanks...

I see you are getting closer to your goal!!! Congrats, how excited, and what a GOAL!!!

lizzie

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Yep, had to change my post at EnduranceSportsBar.com earlier today because of the reversed decision but glad to hear it. Now maybe I can win too :-)

 
At 1:39 AM, Blogger Petraruns said...

Yay! Though kind of convoluted... What a story..

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Agreed.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger David said...

They knew they had a PR problem. Faster would have been better but then fewer people would know they finally made the right decision.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Ditto here, guess they made a huge mistake at the time of the race.

 

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