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Local transportation writer recuperates from collapse at Marathon finish

From his room in the Tufts Medical Center ICU, Ari Ofsevit tells the Globe he doesn't remember being carried across the Marathon finish line by two other runners, let alone any of the efforts by medics, doctors and nurses to keep him alive.

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So did he legally finish the marathon?

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It wouldn't count for competitive purposes, but I don't think Boston will disqualify his finish.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2012/feb/29/50-stunning-olympic-moments

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If he was the lead male and collapsed right before the finish line, yes, he would of had to crawl to the finish line to officially place to "win". The guy collapsed about 100 or so yards from the finish line and two runners decided to help him. That is what runners do and what human beings should do. So, yes, he did not "officially" finish because he did not cross over the line by his own power. But, and I say this as a multiple marathon runner and as a "official" finisher, who the hell cares?

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Thanks for the explanation. So he didn't finish. Maybe next year.

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I am glad you got the last word on whether he finished or not.

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His very weird, mean point. Marvin, I'm curious, what was your last marathon finishing time?

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He finished.

And since the chip says he finished it 3:03:05, I'd say that for at least the first 26 miles, he did a good job.

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and congratulations on being promoted to "Local transportation writer". Best wishes for a full & speedy recovery.

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Just saw the story in the Globe. Hope you feel better soon.

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I know ultimately it is not the most important thing. But it looks like the Jim Driscoll missed qualifying for 2017 by helping this runner.

The runner on the left, 1843, his finish time is 3:05:11. The qualifying time for a runner his age for 2017 is 3:05:00. Ari's time was 3:03:05. So he made it by official standards but I wonder if they will disqualify him.

I know how important BQ is to runners and I assume Jim will run other races that may qualify him.

Again, I know its not the most important thing but just curious how that will play out.

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I'm sure any reasonable person would call what Driscoll did far more valuable to the spirit of the Boston Athletic Association than 11 seconds of running. Given that we have ample documentation and a frontpage Globe photo to confirm what he did, where, and when, I'm assuming if he were to apply for 2017 he would not be turned away by a cold-hearted bureaucrat?

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> The runner on the left, 1843, his finish time is 3:05:11. The qualifying time for a runner his age for 2017 is 3:05:00. Ari's time was 3:03:05.

I thought the story was that they crossed the finish line together. How could Driscoll get a time 2 minutes slower than Ofsevits? (Or anything other than "photo finish" type similar times?)

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The clock starts for the runner when they cross a rugish thing at the starting line, so the time differences just means Ari started 2 minutes later than his saviors.

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Pheidippides.

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I can see it now...

Local Transportation Writer Secretly Disappointed That - Unlike T Breakdowns - His Collapse Didn't Rate A Pithy Couplet Headline From UHub

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Ari's body runs a bit hot, other runners help out a lot

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