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Marathon Runner Disqualified For Using MP3 Player During Race

Lesson Learned: Don't Run a Marathon With an iPod

I can't make it more than a few miles without some driving tunes in my ear, so running a 25 mile race sans iPod would be out of the question. Thankfully, I'm not looking to win a marathon anytime soon, but if I was, I'd know that running with an iPod is a dangerous move if I want to take home the gold. Take for example, the winner of the recent Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon winner, Jennifer Goebel, who was disqualified after being photographed during the race with an iPod in her pocket.

The racer says she only listened to her playlist during the latter part of the race (you know, when you hit the proverbial "wall"), and although the rules of the marathon state that the judges have a choice to ignore the "no iPod rule" of the traditional race, this group took her medal and sent her packing. It's true — most marathon races do have a ban on MP3 players during the race, but if the judges don't have to acknowledge it, why would they?

Do you run marathons? If so, have you strapped on your MP3 player for the race?

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