Since one of our bloggers broke the story about the young woman who cut off 1.25 miles of the Worcester Firefighter’s 6K charity road race, two women have come forward who were “beaten” by Theresa Pickens. As you know if you read that blog, the women who finished in 3rd and 4th, really should have finished in 2nd and 3rd, and thus were cheated out of their prizes. We had multiple witnesses, photographic evidence, and race result research to back up the claim.
You had the fact that the times clearly indicated that Theresa Pickens started at the BACK of the pack, which an experienced runner would never do:
You had the three women who MULTIPLE people saw running as the top three females in the race:
And then you had “second place” finisher Theresa Pickens, who not only was noticably NOT in the same shape as the more experienced runners, but also had never previously completed a road race in this area:
But now that two more women whom she knocked out of the awards ceremony have come forward with their accounts, there can really be no debate. Here is what they’ve had to say:
I only saw her AT the finish line. My friend Cat won the race, and her and I ran together for the first 2 miles, and then I couldn’t keep up with her any longer. I kept my eye out though because we were running in memory of Cat’s dad who recently passed and I thought it would be really neat if we could go 1-2 in the women’s race. I tried to make sure no women passed me and was taken aback when this woman crossed the finish line just ahead of me.
There are some photos of her crossing just ahead of me at the finish – but I don’t remember seeing her prior to that moment. If I’d seen her pass me I would have really gone all out to hold onto 2nd place, which I thought was mine since both spectators and runners coming in the opposite direction had yelled to me plenty of times “2nd woman”.
If that’s not a convincing account then I don’t know what is. The girl was trying to finish 1-2 in order to honor her friend’s father who had recently passed away. She made a concerted effort to make sure she was in second place. There’s just no possible way you can believe a woman in a red sox hat passed her without her noticing.
For the majority of the race I was running not far behind the two ladies in pink. I knew they were the first two ladies because I started just behind them at the start and never lost sight of one of them. A little before we headed back into the tunnel I started to fade a little bit and I believe one of the ladies took off and surged ahead. The other lady in pink was also ahead of me but never by more than about 15 seconds. I was trying to catch her going up the hill to the finish but was still about 10 seconds behind her.
I know that no woman ever passed me or her in the last 1.5 miles. So for the lady in red to have beaten us she would have had to have been in front of us the entire race but I never once her at any point in the race. I was surprised at the awards ceremony when my named wasn’t called for third place as I was almost certain I was the third female finisher.
See that’s messed up. This girl KNEW she placed, went to the awards ceremony, and then stood there waiting for her name to be called, which never ended up happening. That really, really sucks. Especially since she obviously put the training in and earned it.
The Firefighter’s 6K is a great race for a great cause. Worcester firefighter John Franco has put this event on for 15 years, and it’s a great community event. None of this is there fault, I just want to make that clear. The cheating incident occurred in the darkness of the tunnel, which is the only place on the 3.7 mile course where that was possible. Maybe next year they’ll have someone in there watching, but it’s a damn shame that that is even necessary. I mean, it’s a charity freaking road race man. Who cheats in a charity road race?
Well, because John Franco is such a good dude, he’s decided to award Stefani Penn the second place prize, and Emily Malone the third place prize. Either message us or him on Facebook and we’ll take care of it for ya. I’m happy once again that Turtleboy Sports could be used as a way to fix an ill in our society. Hopefully Theresa Pickens turns her awards in or dumps them in the Blackstone River, because after all, why would anyone want to keep an award they didn’t earn?
One more thing. I thought I had heard every idiotic complaint from turtle haters out there, but I was wrong. Someone actually left this comment on the last blog:
“I agree you may have something here…but was the first story in the beginning really necessary? You will give honest, strong women a bad rep and create an stereotype if not careful…you have power TB, and with that comes journalist/ blog responsibility, which is needed even more so online. I mean you come across like you are out to get women runners and seeing if they are cheating, (and the fact that she is a person of color doesnt help your case)”
The story she is referring to is the Rosie Ruiz story. The reason we started with that is blatantly obvious to anyone with the ability to reason – it’s by far the most famous running cheater story of all time. On top of that, there were TONS of parallels here. We gladly would’ve used the story about the white guy who jumped into the Boston Marathon at Kenmore Square and won the whole thing, but unfortunately that never happened. Thus we were stuck with the Rosie Ruiz story.
And let me get this straight. We can’t call out a cheater if they are 1) female, or 2) non-white. Gotcha. That seems like a reasonable request. Therefore I encourage all people to come forward with their stories of white boys cutting the course at this charity 6K. As soon as we get that we’ll publish a story on it.
P.S. How long until the Sam Allen “crowdsources” this story and publishes it in the Telegram and Gazette?