Boston Marathon, the oldest city marathon in the world, will celebrate its 123th birthday on April 15. Boma is the worlds highest-threshold palace competition - only Boston Qualify Boston Marathon is eligible for BQ in the worlds six Grand Slam events.
Fortunately, more and more Chinese runners are appearing on the Boma track. According to the list given by the official website, 951 Chinese runners went to Boma this year, an increase of 269 people, an increase of about 40%, and the participation and level of Chinese marathon enthusiasts are obviously improving.
But a month ago, an explosion about this years Boma exploded among Chinese runners. A company and some runners forged marathon performance certificates jointly to deceive the Organizing Committee and successfully obtained the qualifications of Boma through BQ, which involved more than 90 people... said a person familiar with the matter through a circle of friends. Reporters learned through reliable channels that the informant himself is the head of a domestic marathon tourism service company. If this is true, it will be the biggest scandal in Chinas marathon industry to date! Netizens are talking about it one after another.
Up to the press release of Liberation Daily Shangguan, the Boston Marathon Organizing Committee did not disclose any information about the false registration of Chinese runners. The reporters had sent an e-mail to the Organizing Committee in order to know about this matter, and had not received any response.
But through investigating the registration procedure of Boma and the relevant business chain of well-known foreign marathon entries on the market, journalists have been able to draw two preliminary conclusions on this matter. First, it is not a fantastic idea to falsify the registration of Boma, but it is difficult to prove whether there are Chinese runners who successfully compete by falsifying their results in this years Boma race. Few organizations or individuals are using the worship and aspiration of Chinese runners for Grand Slam events to resell their qualifications and make profits from them. This is also likely to become one of the motivations for false registration.
High threshold makes it easy to forge, and its difficult to get out of the water.
Its too easy to forge a final certificate, and Boma wont verify it. A senior insider from the Shanghai International Marathon Organizing Committee told reporters, Bomas fake registration is completely feasible in theory.
This seems to be a paradox. On the one hand, Boma has the most stringent registration threshold - runners eager to participate in Boma must run into BQ in AIMS or AAA certified events. It is understood that the BQ standards for each age group in Boma in 2020 have reached an appalling level. Take the 18-34 age group as an example, the participants need to finish the marathon for 3 hours after September 15, 2018, and women for 3 hours and 30 minutes before they are eligible to sign up for the Boma. According to the latest Technical Grade Standard for Track and Field Athletes, men aged 18-34 have reached the national standard of third-class athletes for three hours. Whats more, BQ only represents the lowest entry threshold. Among the qualified applicants, Poma will choose the final list.
On the other hand, Bomas registration process is quite simple - in addition to some basic information, upload a required electronic transcript. For example, Shanghai International Marathon, Xiamen International Marathon, Hong Kong International Marathon, Dalian International Marathon, Lanzhou International Marathon, Beijing International Marathon, Hangzhou International Marathon and Macao International Marathon can directly do BQ race. As long as they enter the BQ in these events, they can use the electronic result certificate to sign up for the Boma. But the problem is that the results of all these events prove that the simplest PS technology can be used to forge, and no one will check the authenticity.
Why is nobody checking? The person explained the reason in her eyes. As far as I know, for one thing, the Boma Organizing Committee has no energy to verify the results of so many marathons from different parts of the world. For another, Americans do not think it necessary to check at all.Marathon is a challenge to themselves. Why do ordinary runners cheat themselves? Thats what they think. In fact, the Boma Organizing Committee is absolutely able to find out who is faking the results of famous marathon races in China. The results of famous marathon races in China will be publicized on the relevant website of China Tianjin Federation. If you take pains to check the registration materials, you will be able to tell the truth.
Unfortunately, no one can do this except the Boma Organizing Committee. Because even if a reporter can find out the list of Chinese runners among the Boma runners and the past achievements of the runner, he can not be sure whether he is holding the sponsorship quota, charity quota or the general competition quota of Boma, unless the runner publishes his own number book (which can identify the qualifications for the race).
Direct quotas are actually charitable quotas
Although the truth has not come to light, the exposure of this negative news is enough to illustrate some problems. Today, the Chinese marathon is going through a special stage, as Mao Daqing, the winner of the Grand Slam (completing the six Grand Slams in the world), said in his running motto: If you dont believe, please regard running as faith, and you will run on the pilgrimage all your life. The fact is that there are more and more pilgrims on this road...
This phenomenon also gave birth to a slightly deformed marathon economy - the reselling marathon quota.
It costs 50,000 yuan to run a Grand Slam, which is the real case that the reporter learned during the interview. The runner, who did not want to be named, paid a high price for the so-called through Poma quota, which is actually the charity quota for the event. However, there are many articles about why the price of charitable places is so high.
According to the reporters survey, there are at least dozens of travel companies that sell marathon quotas at present. Some of them sell so-called through quotas separately, while others sell marathon quotas with machine wine (aircraft plus hotel) as tourism products.
Almost all the six Grand Slams are available through these companies, but different travel companies pay different prices at different times. For example, the current Boma, in the early days, can also buy through quota for more than 30,000 RMB, but in the later period, the price rose to more than 50,000, basically the more competitive the quota is, the more expensive the competition is. A tourist company practitioner told reporters.
Where did these places come from? The person told reporters that a large part of the quota sources are Come and run bar (full name: Beijing Come and run bar Sports Development Co., Ltd.). It is said that Come and run from the six Grand Slams and related charities, packed to take part in the charity quota of the event, and then distributed to many domestic marathon travel service companies for sale. For the Six Grand Slams, its a good thing that someone can buy a large number of charitable places at one time. After all, its much easier to pack and sell than to sell one by one. The organizers are more concerned about whether all the charitable places can be sold, whether the money can be put in place as planned, and how to deal with each other after the sale of the places, such as how much money to sell after a change of hands, they do not care about it, and nobody cares about it.
How much profit marathon reselling charitable places has in the end cannot be generalized, because the situation of each event is different.
Take the London Marathon, which has been crowned the Charity Marathon. Of the more than 30,000 runners, at least half of the places are reserved for charitable organizations. If a runner applies to compete in the name of a charitable athlete, he or she must first complete the fundraising task entrusted to you by the charity. The application fee generally varies from 50 to 100 pounds (about 500 to 960 yuan), and the amount of the fundraising task is usually about 2000 pounds (about 19,000 yuan). In other words, about 20,000 yuan is the basic threshold for the number of charitable places in the London Marathon, and Chinese runners may not be able to photograph them, so the number of charitable places is naturally very expensive; the Berlin Marathon is different, the number of good places will be officially sold, but limited, first-come. But if you cant get it, you have to go to the travel company to buy it. According to the events in previous years, the number of charitable places for the Berlin Marathon is about 2,000 yuan. The same is true for the charitable registration of the Tokyo Marathon. This years charitable quota fee is: 100,000 yen charitable donation fee + normal registration fee (domestic 10,800 yen, overseas 12,800 yen). Chinese runners spend about 7,000 yuan to get dongmas charity quota. Of course, its also on a first come, first served basis. If they cant buy it, they have to pay a higher price to buy it from others.
In most cases, these public charity quotas are only a small part of all charity quotas in the event.
Why are Chinese runners so persistent in the Six Grand Slams?
Expensive marathon tickets have never been short of buyers in the Chinese market. This phenomenon is due to the popularity of marathon in the Chinese mass market nowadays.
In recent years, with the improvement of peoples living standards, lifestyle and consumption concept, running has gradually become a popular way of exercise. With the development and popularization of urban marathon events in China, marathon enthusiasts are running farther and farther.
Chinese runners are becoming more and more complex about the six Grand Slams, but the probability of winning the lottery is too low. So more and more people spend almost a whole years salary, sell their property, go abroad to participate in the Grand Slam and aspire to complete the Grand Slam. And some runners have no conditions (refers to achievements or funds), and they have to run to create conditions by any means. Therefore, they will be exposed more and more by means of substituting for others and forging performance certificates.
In the amateur running circle, the ultimate goal of pilgrimage is to achieve a full slam. As of last year, more than 200 people in China (Chinese nationality, unlimited residence, excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) have completed all the six Grand Slams, which can be achieved, and they are praised as gods in the running circle. It is precisely because of this special stage of amateur road running in China that a unique marathon vanity has emerged. Some people have seen this point and made profits from it.
Of course, one wants to sell, one wants to buy, and there are no relevant legal provisions to restrict it.
Objectively speaking, most Chinese runners still pursue famous marathon events abroad with a dream, a goal and a spur to themselves. This is not a unique phenomenon in China. There are a large number of people running for the six Grand Slams all over the world. On the second day of the New York Marathon, we can see that many citizens go to work with the medals they won the day before - its an honor and pride, and he wants to share his joy with everyone. And the Six Grand Slams are consciously planning and promoting the runnerspersistence. After the Tokyo Marathon in 2016, the World Marathon Grand Slam launched the Six Star Medal for runners who have completed the six Grand Slams to honor the few marathoners who have completed the six Grand Slams. Im short of Boma. Im trying to reach BQ this year, and Im going to sign up for a successful slam next year. A runner enthusiast living in Shanghai told reporters. Source: ShangGuan News Responsible Editor: Li Xiaotian_NS6473
Objectively speaking, most Chinese runners still pursue famous marathon events abroad with a dream, a goal and a spur to themselves. This is not a unique phenomenon in China. There are a large number of people running for the six Grand Slams all over the world. On the second day of the New York Marathon, we can see that many citizens go to work with the medals they won the day before - its an honor and pride, and he wants to share his joy with everyone.
And the Six Grand Slams are consciously planning and promoting the runnerspersistence. After the Tokyo Marathon in 2016, the World Marathon Grand Slam launched the Six Star Medal for runners who have completed the six Grand Slams to honor the few marathoners who have completed the six Grand Slams. Im short of Boma. Im trying to reach BQ this year, and Im going to sign up for a successful slam next year. A runner enthusiast living in Shanghai told reporters.