I am in a disagreement with my friend Bill as to whether our mutual friend Steve should be classified as a marathoner.
Background information: Steve is an asthmatic who decided for health reasons to take up running. He trained from no base at all with a goal of finishing a marathon. He followed one of Hal Higdon’s training programs and he never missed a workout. The week of the marathon he had a family emergency and could not attend the race. After looking for other marathons in the next few weeks, he could not find anyone that was close to home. Instead of scrapping all of his training he measured out a course with his car adn then ran the 26.2 miles himself (using his Garmin GPS unit to double check the distance).
Here is where the disagreement begins. Bill (who I might add couldn’t run a mile if he had to) feels that because Steve didn’t receive a finisher’s medal he should not be considered a marathoner. I feel that Steve completed all of his training, gained a better control of his asthma (which was the main goal), and completed the marathon distance that he should be considered a marathon runner. Also, Steve ended up having the same struggles in finishing the marathon that all runners do (I finished the last few miles with him and it wasn’t pretty).
So my question is, do you feel that Steve is a marathoner?