Gengler’s time unknown in half marathon
Katie Gengler, the top female in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Lake Tahoe Marathon, ran in this year’s half marathon, but race officials have no record of her time.
Marathon officials said on Monday they can’t find her name anywhere in the results listings. A final results posting is scheduled for later this week.
Upon crossing the finish line, Gengler told the Tribune that her time was approximately the same as her split time from last year, when she finished the marathon in 3 hours 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
“I knew I wouldn’t run well. I’ve barely been running,” said Gengler shortly after finishing. “That’s pretty sad … but I did it.”
Gengler then went to pick up her age group award and learned that she wasn’t listed in the results.
She told the Tribune on Monday that her bib number didn’t match the number on her “chip,” the electrical device that records the time when it crosses the finish line.
Gengler said she noticed the discrepancy when her friend’s chip matched his bib number. She said she told race officials about the observation. Allegedly, they told her that it wasn’t a problem.
Gengler said she registered on Saturday for the race. Her registration could not be confirmed on http://www.laketahoemarathon.com, the official Web site of the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
Race Director Les Wright could not be reached by phone Sunday night or Monday for comment.
Christine Double, 38, from Lantau, which is near Hong Cong, took first place in the half marathon with a time of 1:32:11.
Jennifer Clothier, 39, from Meadow Vista, Calif., was credited with a second-place finish. She told the Tribune on Sunday she thought she was the third woman in that event to cross the finish line.
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