Thursday, September 6, 2012
Paul Ryan caught in lie over marathon time
Why are liars always attracted to religion and politics? Paul Ryan said in a radio interview last week that his personal best running a marathon was "under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something." Note the specificity. He didn't say "I don't recall" or "somewhere around 3 or 4 hours." He knew what a good time was. Also, any marathoner knows his/her personal record, and to claim a sub-3:00 marathon is to put yourself ahead of people like Lance Armstrong, who has finished slightly above 3:00 (I think it was 3:01). World records set by Kenyans and Ethiopians are around 2:03.
It turns out Paul Ryan has not run a marathon in less than three hours—or even less than four hours. A spokesman confirmed late Friday that Ryan has run one marathon. That was the 1990 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, where Ryan, then 20, is listed as having finished in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds.
His excuse was lame ("[the] comments on the [radio] show were the best of his recollection.") I don't buy that given the specificity ("two hour and fifty-something"). He was doing what almost every politician does at one time or another -- lie his ass off. However, in the Internet age, lying about something as verifiable your marathon time is ridiculous and brazen. My times are easily accessible online. For example, I just ran the Ogden Marathon with a time of 4:25. Of course, I was twice his age at the time of his marathon, and I wasn't even pushing very hard.
This incident doesn't give me much confidence that Ryan will tell the truth in other contexts, particularly about things that are more difficult to verify.
Posted by Welltraveledpair at 7:09 AM