Apparently, I am not the only person who saw a parallel between marathon fibber Rosie Ruiz and marathon fibber Paul Ryan. None other than Nobel Laurette, Paul Krugman took the time to opine why the Ruiz-Ryan connection is more than an exaggerated time for the Grandma’s Marathon. It seems to be more systemic for the Republican vice-presidential nominee.
If you have only run one marathon in your life (which is far more than I have ever run or considered running), I suspect that you would know that a sub-three hour time is a “wow!” statement and a four hour time is a job well-done. Only a pronoid would think that no one would check up on that time. Under three hours on your first and only marathon makes you a superman. Lying about it, makes you, well, n0t to be trusted in anything.
Remember Rosie Ruiz? She was the gal who finished the Boston Marathon in 1980 in record time, in fact winning the women’s race. Small problem; it seemed that Rosie was tired of the tedium of running one foot after another, so she allegedly cheated and rushed out to join the marathon in the last few legs. She was subsequently disqualified.
The Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth is considered a particularly hard run and few people can finish it in less than three hours. In an extraordinary move, one person who had never run a marathon in his life said that he had finished Grandma’s in two hours and fifty some minutes. Extraordinary. So extraordinary that the funner had to retract his boast; his real time was four hours and one minute. That runner is Paul Ryan, the Rosie Ruiz of Grandma’s.