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2004 Long Beach Inline Marathon
Women's Race Controversy

Two reports about the controversial women's race at the 2004 Long Beach Inline Marathon in Southern California. These reports were published by the Long Beach Press Telegram Newspaper on October 10th and October 11th, 2004.

2004 October 11
Harris Was Fastest After All
This article in the Long Beach Press Telegram is a correction and update of the article below. This article explains that 11 year Alexandra Harris was briefly disqualified for starting with the men, but reinstated after head timer James Read determined that Harris actually crossed the start line 3.48 seconds after her wave officially started, so she did NOT have an illegal start.

2004 October 10
Martinez Waits, Then Wins Women's Race
This article in the Long Beach Press Telegram reported that a handful of race spectators approached race officials and alleged that Kelly Martinez cross drafted with the pro men which is not permitted in the pro category. According to the article, race official Toby Taylor spoke with all parties, examined the race video tape, and concluded that Kelly was not guilty of cross drafting. The article also reported that 11 year old Alexandra Harris - who had the fastest race time overall - was disqualified for starting with the men instead of with the women, an allegation that was later proven to be untrue.


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