Worst Things We’ve Witnessed Runners Do During Races

We asked you via Run It Fast’s Twitter (@runitfast)for examples of some of the worst things you’ve witnessed other runners do during races and many of you replied.

The list of things ranged from cutting courses to numerous mentions of runners leaving bodily fluids and excrements along the course, in front of you, or too close for comfort.

Take a look below and see if you agree or have an experience that can top these:

Worst Things You’ve Seen Other Runners Do During Races

Storified by Joshua Holmes · Wed, Jun 06 2012 13:31:06

@runitfast I ran the Disney marathon and a lady crapped her pants- she tied her shirt around her waist and it seeped through that too #grossKonstantine
@runitfast A guy peed right in front of me in a race. Didn’t even move off trail/go behind a tree, just whipped it out. #didntneedtoseethatLisa Gonzales
“@runitfast: What is the worst thing you’ve ever seen another runner do during a race? Responses will be used in a RIF post.” losePedrosRevenge
@runitfast cut flags!!!! <<<ashley
@runitfast during a hot half a runner .25 miles in front of me collapsed. no one stopped, I did. We were pacing a 1:55 so not a winning paceKimberley Hill
“@runitfast: What is the worst thing you’ve ever seen another runner do during a race? Responses will be used in a RIF post.” Quit.MIA
@runitfast take short cut!!!!!elizabeth v rehmer
@runitfast Spitting in the wind while I’m running behind them. Gross!Tanjie K
@runitfast watched a guy cut through a neighborhoodand come out in front of race officials. He didn’t win.Rich Thibault
@runitfast A woman pull down her shorts and do #2 in a parking lot in a marathon…Phil Min
@runitfast Farmer’s blow RIGHT in front of me on a very windy Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to Canada, 2011 Detroit Marathon. Really?Lisa Edwards
@runitfast ran by a guy in INGMiami who was talkin on his phone.. I mean really??Jason Orlinsky
@runitfast Bi-lateral leg cramp. He stopped, straightened up, staggered a bit, and fell right on his butt. That’s all I got.Brooks Gatlin
@runitfast I saw a pace leader just whip it out and pee all over himself… I’ve heard similar stories about dropping deuces as well. YikesE.B.
@runitfast Take a shortcut(in more than one race) then try and cut me off in the finish chute. Caught on video at the finish. Witch with a BMichelle Mitchell
@runitfast blow their noise on the ground….disgusting…Julie Armat -Bowles
@runitfast Throwing a half full cup of water behind him, hitting me in the face. WAIT – that felt pretty good!Tanjie K
@runitfast poop on the trail!Life as a Convert
@runitfast I once was spit on during a race. It was an accident but the dude deserved to be passed and beat by a girl!Melanie Hebert
@runitfast Worst? At Hot Chocolate 15K, Nov 2010, lady couldn’t wait for port-a-potty! Dropped it right out it the open! What? No bush?! :)Dianna Seda
Pee by the roadside. In full view of everybody @runitfast worst thing you’ve seen a fellow runner do during a race?Aleah Phils
@runitfast Seeing @Samuel_Pogue poop his pants during the mile of an indoor track raceRyan Arthur

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Joshua Holmes has completed 197 marathons/ultramarathons while running 100+ miles 43 including races such as the Badwater 135, Western States 100, The Last Annual Vol State 500K (3x). His favorite races to date are the Vol State 500K, Badwater 135, Barkley Fall Classic, Catalina Eco Marathon, Chimera 100, Across The Years, Savage Gulf Trail Marathon, Strolling Jim 40 Miler, Tunnel Hill 100, RUTS, EC100 and the Flying Monkey Marathon in his home state of Tennessee. Follow @bayou Follow @joshuaholmes on Instagram

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