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Equalizer timing discrepancy discovered following the race
Organizers of the USATF 10 Mile Championships, held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on 1 October, will award a parallel "equalizer" bonus of $10,000 to women's winner Sara Hall after a discrepancy was discovered in the timing of the event.
At the race, the women's field was to be given a head start of 6 minutes and 18 seconds over the men, and the first USATF champion to cross the finish line --female or male-- was to earn a $10,000 equalizer bonus in addition the championships' other prize money.
Twin Cities In Motion race officials discovered today that the men's race started only six minutes and 10 seconds after the women's, rather than the 6:18 announced before the competition (men's champion Shadrack Kipchirchir ran 47:33 to Hall's 53:43, a 6 minute and 10-second difference). As such, Hall would have won by 8 seconds had the full 6:18 headstart been given.
"I hold the stopwatch that counts down the time between the start of the women and the start of the men, and I called for the starting gun at 6:18 on the watch," Twin Cities In Motion executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said through a statement. "The timing computers show only a 6:10 gap between the starts, so there was clearly a mistake in the process."
She continued: "We think it's only fair to award both Sara and Shadrack $10,000 equalizer bonuses, since the execution of the equalizer was in error," Brophy Achman added. "We regret the error and will review our process for the future."
Hall was grateful to both Twin Cities in Motion and LetsRun.com, which was the first organization to point out the discrepancy. Writing on Twitter she said: "Thanks @tcmarathon for the win-win, very generous! And thanks @letsrundotcom for the detective work!"