San Diego-Imperial Athletics Congress
LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING COMMITTEE SPECIAL MEETING
November 18, 1986
- Long-Distance Running Chairman Ken Bernard called the meeting to order at 7:11 p.m. In addition to the Chairman and Secretary, the attendees were Neil Finn, Kevin Heaton, Randy Kilpatrick, Ed Oleata, Jeff Rigdon, Bob Sieben, Bill Stock, and Judy Stolpe.
- The only agenda item was the hearing of a protest by Race Director Neil Finn that Peter Kanfer, an Athletics Congress registrant from Pasadena, California, had entered the America's Finest City Half-Marathon August 24, 1986, and crossed the finish line, but had not run the complete course.
- The Chairman stated that the procedure for the hearing was a set of instructions from Ollan Cassell, Executive Director of The Athletics Congress/USA, and was delineated in the TAC Directory. The Chairman further stated that he had given Kanfer thirty-days written notice by registered mail of this special meeting, and had the returned receipt.
- The Committee approved unanimously the following motion by the Chairman, seconded by Stock, "The Long-Distance Running Committee finds that Peter Kanfer did not run the complete course of the America's Finest City Half-Marathon August 24, 1986." This action followed the review of the following evidence taken at a hearing October 15, 1986:
- A complaint filed by Race Director Neil Finn
- A review of three videorecordings in which no witnesses could find Kanfer: at 3 miles (about 500 runners), at 5 miles (200 runners), and at 10 miles (100 runners)
- A review of two videorecordings in which Kanfer appeared, with his bib number 14 visible: at 20 kilometers (14th-place runner) and at the finish line (23rd place runner)
- A still photograph of Kanfer at the finish line
- Testimony of Graeme Shirley that he was unable to locate runner number 14 at the starting line, while finding 28 of the bibs numbered 1 to 30 in the hour prior to the start of the race
- Testimony of five runners who joined the leaders at given points in the race, then slowed to check bib numbers of passing runners, in no case finding number 14: Shirley (1 mile), Rigdon (3 miles), Heaton (6 miles), Kasischke (8 miles), Kilpatrick (10 miles; reached the finish line at about 75 minutes)
- Testimony of Chuck Boyer, who called runners' numbers into a tape recorder at the turn onto 6th Avenue (about 11 miles into the race)
- The Committee approved unanimously a motion by Stock, seconded by Stolpe, that the Committee "Suspend the eligibility of Peter Kanfer to compete in any races in San Diego-Imperial Athletics Congress jurisdiction."
- The Committee approved unanimously a motion by the Secretary, seconded by Stock, that the Committee "Authorize SDIAC President Ken Bernard to take the actions necessary for possible action by the TAC/USA Executive Director and/or the Long-Distance Running Committee of TAC/USA."
- The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
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