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The Tely 10 isn't easy. In fact, many runners participating in 81st annual running of the 10-mile road race couldn't handle the heat and had to drop out.
But one runner wasn't giving up despite falling down from exhaustion just paces from the finish line. He was determined.
This runner shook off the medics who ran to attend to him and crawled over the finish line.
After making it across and having his official time recorded the runner was taken to the side to be treated by the medics.

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  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    To Ronnie Biggs:

    The two tiered finish would be difficult given the course layout. Usually you see two distance races in some sort of loop format where the finish line is the same for both.

    I do like the idea of holding it later in the summer/fall for the reasons you stated. I think some would be oppose it because they plan summer vaction around the current date and there are other races later in the year as it is.

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Hi Kristopher,

    That's awesome. You are one star athlete. Your simply the best .

    Ummmmm...any more excuses or metaphors to entertain us with this afternoon?

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    To On the sidelines from NL: with regard to risk, you know as a runner there are cracks in the pavement, you know there will be cups on the road at the water stations and slipping on wet roads, what kind of sneakers are you wearing? My point is a runner rolling over the finish line is an unexpected risk.

    To V from ON: as I said in an earlier post I don't fault your brother at the point of the finish line, he obviously was in a different mental state at that point but if your brother was a former medal winning long distance runner he should have known not to exercise strenuously 2 days before a 16 km race and that you can't hydrate the body the day of the race. It takes several days of to do this.

    And to your comment of nobody helping him, well, St. John ambulance volunteers were along the entire race route with over 2000 runners to watch and unless they or anybody sees somebody seriously wobbling or falling down there is not much they can do. I hope your brother learns from his experience and continues to run.

  • Lesley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    What a moran, he almost took out some of the audience and fellow runners, along with almost hurting himself. I got an idea if you are that determined to finish the race. Let other runners go through, get treated by the medics and then finish the race

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    To: Kristopher Ivany from St Johns, Newfoundland: WOW, I'll give you one thing, you are passionate about your views! However, while you make some good points about perservering through hardship, I think you need to re-read all of the earlier posts because you make statements that are not true. NO ONE said the race should only be open to professionals. I did say in my post that I took into account the weather when I ran and adjusted accordingly and I am only a recreational runner who runs in the spring/summer for exercise. Apparently this youg man did not adjust for the weather. You can feel when extreme dehydration starts to set in. The body tires, you get tingling sensations etc. He didn't listen to those signs. While it is hard to criticize the act of rolling over the line because he obviously wasn't thinking straight at this point, he did endanger other people. I suggest you watch the video several more times as it is clear one runner had to jump over him (good thing it was him and not me because I did not have the energy to jump at the finish line) and another female almost got tangled in his feet.

  • V
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    The man in this video is my brother, and I think it is important that viewers of this video, and specifically those commenting on its content, should be aware of some important facts. My brother is a medal-winning former long distance runner. He exercised strenuously on Friday and that must have left him in a severe state of dehydration of which he was not aware. He felt fine the morning of the race, and even with his past running experience, he had absolutely no idea how bad things were. He blacked out 2KM before the end of the race and remembers nothing until he woke up in the medical tent. Any water he might have gotten from water stations during the race could never have helped him considering his bodys state of distress.

    My brother is a kind, gentle soul who would in no way knowingly endanger the well-being of anyone, including his fellow runners. As a former athlete he certainly knows his body and thought he felt well enough to run. He cant even remember the end of the race or crawling across the finish line, it was purely force of will. My concern is that he couldnt just suddenly have gotten into such a state. Did no one notice he was in distress well before the finish line? Did no one try to help? As a former runner I know you watch out for one another during a race, and you know when there are problems. My brother almost died on Sunday, no joke. This should be a caution to all runners to not only take care of yourself, but to watch out for others as well.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I wrote it in before and you refused to print it, so I'll try again (one of the big reasons I dislike this publication, very subjective to your own interests).

    There is a well groomed walking trail already with a beautiful view that is not too unaccessable for emergency vehicles, how come that is not used instead of closing down a main artery into the city?

    People do use the walking trial just for the purpose of running.

  • Wince
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Give me a break! He runs 9.99 miles and you'd deny him a finish? How sporting of you.
    sarcasm Your attitudes are everything that is great about sport /sarcasm

    He paid his money and deserves to finish. Good on him for doing so. The other runers had no troubles avoiding being tripped up by him.

  • Aaron
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I work and also run with Steve. We started to train for this race in early June. We actually ran the Tely route the week before and Steve did in 77 mins without taking any water, and he was fine aside from being tired.
    Steve plays in a band, and he had a show on Friday night. He must have lost a lot of fluids performing under the bright lights. I find some of the comments on this thread very harsh considering they didn't know all the details. It's remarkable that even though he was that out of it, he still somehow managed to drag himself across the finish line.
    As for him potentially injuring anyone, I saw far worse almost injuries at the start of the race when everyone was crammed together. If you knew Steve, you would know that he would never endanger other people for personal glory.
    Way to go Steve! You rock!

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I don't understand why non-elite athletes push themselves to this extent. It's great to have goals and push yourself but that was a bit much. I ran as well and knew early on in the race I wouldn't beat my personal best time because of the humidity so I ran the pace I could, walked through the water stations to get as much water/gatorade in me as possible and finshed the race in a slower time but upright.

    As for the safety aspect of this incident there is no one to blame as no one expected him to roll over the line but I'm sure they will be prepared for it next year.

    One more thing. If anyone on the commitee is reading this, move the awards/social back to the evening at the curling club. No one at the Sundance had a clue about the TELY 10 MENU or drink specials. 1.5 hours to get food that was horrible and overpriced. A big profit for the owner and the wool pulled over someone (committee?) eyes.

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    @ Kris

    LOL. you are amazing, top 50, top 20....the list goes on. keep up the good work man! You are above us all....

  • axelff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Totally agree - organizers should not have let him cross the line in such a way to endanger the other runners trying to finish. Hopefully Joe (Race Committee) will be making an issue of this for future races.

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Okay, Determination is one thing, but stupidity is another. I ran behind this guy and he hardly had anything to drink at any of the stations. How do you expect the body to continue running when it's dehydrated (not smart).

    Secondly, what person would cause possible injury to others by rolling over the finish line. If you watch the video, he almost takes out several people. Determination? I don't think so.....I hope I don't see him run again.

  • Lesley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    luckily no one was hurt, this could of been quite the mess considering the runner's foot was sticking out of the finish line while other runners were going through, at least they were paying attention and didn't trip over him. I give him propts for finishing the race, I just don't think any thing about it was really safe for himself and other runner

  • On the sidelines
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Potential for serious injury? The drama queens are out in full force this afternoon. How about the hugwe risk of slipping on a wet street, tripping over an empty cup, tripping on a crack in the road, etc. etc.
    It's not that serious folks, it's only a road race. How many of you safety minded runners routinely risk your own lives and those of others training on the streets dodging traffic? I think that you really need to get some perspective of what consitutes risk.

  • J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    @ Wince.

    You obviously don't run. Safety is very important, and this kind of running is not. Fine, they were able to jump over, but that's not the point. Serious injury could have occurred. Go back to the sidelines.

  • Ronnie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    An idea is to have a two tiered finish like a 10 km finish line and the 10 mile finish. Yeah I know probably more work and cost involved but I know for a fact that due to our pathetic climate in Spring here very few runners are 100% ready for a 10 mile run in the 6 or so weeks we get of 20+ temps in summer.

    I've always wished the Tely 10 to be run in September for 2 reasons. 1/ More people are around in town to compete (University students from away for example) and 2nd we'd easily get a new record in the milder temps. Bet we'd have a higher finish ratio too. Just ideas and I'm sure the traditionalists will scream at me for suggesting a new date.

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    To Ronnie Biggs:

    The two tiered finish would be difficult given the course layout. Usually you see two distance races in some sort of loop format where the finish line is the same for both.

    I do like the idea of holding it later in the summer/fall for the reasons you stated. I think some would be oppose it because they plan summer vaction around the current date and there are other races later in the year as it is.

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Hi Kristopher,

    That's awesome. You are one star athlete. Your simply the best .

    Ummmmm...any more excuses or metaphors to entertain us with this afternoon?

  • Lesley
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    What a moran, he almost took out some of the audience and fellow runners, along with almost hurting himself. I got an idea if you are that determined to finish the race. Let other runners go through, get treated by the medics and then finish the race

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    To On the sidelines from NL: with regard to risk, you know as a runner there are cracks in the pavement, you know there will be cups on the road at the water stations and slipping on wet roads, what kind of sneakers are you wearing? My point is a runner rolling over the finish line is an unexpected risk.

    To V from ON: as I said in an earlier post I don't fault your brother at the point of the finish line, he obviously was in a different mental state at that point but if your brother was a former medal winning long distance runner he should have known not to exercise strenuously 2 days before a 16 km race and that you can't hydrate the body the day of the race. It takes several days of to do this.

    And to your comment of nobody helping him, well, St. John ambulance volunteers were along the entire race route with over 2000 runners to watch and unless they or anybody sees somebody seriously wobbling or falling down there is not much they can do. I hope your brother learns from his experience and continues to run.

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    To: Kristopher Ivany from St Johns, Newfoundland: WOW, I'll give you one thing, you are passionate about your views! However, while you make some good points about perservering through hardship, I think you need to re-read all of the earlier posts because you make statements that are not true. NO ONE said the race should only be open to professionals. I did say in my post that I took into account the weather when I ran and adjusted accordingly and I am only a recreational runner who runs in the spring/summer for exercise. Apparently this youg man did not adjust for the weather. You can feel when extreme dehydration starts to set in. The body tires, you get tingling sensations etc. He didn't listen to those signs. While it is hard to criticize the act of rolling over the line because he obviously wasn't thinking straight at this point, he did endanger other people. I suggest you watch the video several more times as it is clear one runner had to jump over him (good thing it was him and not me because I did not have the energy to jump at the finish line) and another female almost got tangled in his feet.

  • V
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    The man in this video is my brother, and I think it is important that viewers of this video, and specifically those commenting on its content, should be aware of some important facts. My brother is a medal-winning former long distance runner. He exercised strenuously on Friday and that must have left him in a severe state of dehydration of which he was not aware. He felt fine the morning of the race, and even with his past running experience, he had absolutely no idea how bad things were. He blacked out 2KM before the end of the race and remembers nothing until he woke up in the medical tent. Any water he might have gotten from water stations during the race could never have helped him considering his bodys state of distress.

    My brother is a kind, gentle soul who would in no way knowingly endanger the well-being of anyone, including his fellow runners. As a former athlete he certainly knows his body and thought he felt well enough to run. He cant even remember the end of the race or crawling across the finish line, it was purely force of will. My concern is that he couldnt just suddenly have gotten into such a state. Did no one notice he was in distress well before the finish line? Did no one try to help? As a former runner I know you watch out for one another during a race, and you know when there are problems. My brother almost died on Sunday, no joke. This should be a caution to all runners to not only take care of yourself, but to watch out for others as well.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    I wrote it in before and you refused to print it, so I'll try again (one of the big reasons I dislike this publication, very subjective to your own interests).

    There is a well groomed walking trail already with a beautiful view that is not too unaccessable for emergency vehicles, how come that is not used instead of closing down a main artery into the city?

    People do use the walking trial just for the purpose of running.

  • Wince
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Give me a break! He runs 9.99 miles and you'd deny him a finish? How sporting of you.
    sarcasm Your attitudes are everything that is great about sport /sarcasm

    He paid his money and deserves to finish. Good on him for doing so. The other runers had no troubles avoiding being tripped up by him.

  • Aaron
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    I work and also run with Steve. We started to train for this race in early June. We actually ran the Tely route the week before and Steve did in 77 mins without taking any water, and he was fine aside from being tired.
    Steve plays in a band, and he had a show on Friday night. He must have lost a lot of fluids performing under the bright lights. I find some of the comments on this thread very harsh considering they didn't know all the details. It's remarkable that even though he was that out of it, he still somehow managed to drag himself across the finish line.
    As for him potentially injuring anyone, I saw far worse almost injuries at the start of the race when everyone was crammed together. If you knew Steve, you would know that he would never endanger other people for personal glory.
    Way to go Steve! You rock!

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    I don't understand why non-elite athletes push themselves to this extent. It's great to have goals and push yourself but that was a bit much. I ran as well and knew early on in the race I wouldn't beat my personal best time because of the humidity so I ran the pace I could, walked through the water stations to get as much water/gatorade in me as possible and finshed the race in a slower time but upright.

    As for the safety aspect of this incident there is no one to blame as no one expected him to roll over the line but I'm sure they will be prepared for it next year.

    One more thing. If anyone on the commitee is reading this, move the awards/social back to the evening at the curling club. No one at the Sundance had a clue about the TELY 10 MENU or drink specials. 1.5 hours to get food that was horrible and overpriced. A big profit for the owner and the wool pulled over someone (committee?) eyes.

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    @ Kris

    LOL. you are amazing, top 50, top 20....the list goes on. keep up the good work man! You are above us all....

  • axelff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Totally agree - organizers should not have let him cross the line in such a way to endanger the other runners trying to finish. Hopefully Joe (Race Committee) will be making an issue of this for future races.

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Okay, Determination is one thing, but stupidity is another. I ran behind this guy and he hardly had anything to drink at any of the stations. How do you expect the body to continue running when it's dehydrated (not smart).

    Secondly, what person would cause possible injury to others by rolling over the finish line. If you watch the video, he almost takes out several people. Determination? I don't think so.....I hope I don't see him run again.

  • Lesley
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    luckily no one was hurt, this could of been quite the mess considering the runner's foot was sticking out of the finish line while other runners were going through, at least they were paying attention and didn't trip over him. I give him propts for finishing the race, I just don't think any thing about it was really safe for himself and other runner

  • On the sidelines
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Potential for serious injury? The drama queens are out in full force this afternoon. How about the hugwe risk of slipping on a wet street, tripping over an empty cup, tripping on a crack in the road, etc. etc.
    It's not that serious folks, it's only a road race. How many of you safety minded runners routinely risk your own lives and those of others training on the streets dodging traffic? I think that you really need to get some perspective of what consitutes risk.

  • J
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    @ Wince.

    You obviously don't run. Safety is very important, and this kind of running is not. Fine, they were able to jump over, but that's not the point. Serious injury could have occurred. Go back to the sidelines.

  • Ronnie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    An idea is to have a two tiered finish like a 10 km finish line and the 10 mile finish. Yeah I know probably more work and cost involved but I know for a fact that due to our pathetic climate in Spring here very few runners are 100% ready for a 10 mile run in the 6 or so weeks we get of 20+ temps in summer.

    I've always wished the Tely 10 to be run in September for 2 reasons. 1/ More people are around in town to compete (University students from away for example) and 2nd we'd easily get a new record in the milder temps. Bet we'd have a higher finish ratio too. Just ideas and I'm sure the traditionalists will scream at me for suggesting a new date.