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(MSNBC)   Organizers defend allowing Katie Holmes in New York marathon without qualifying. "Does Billy Crystal have trouble getting tickets to the Yankees World Series? No. Do celebrities have trouble getting reservations in hot restaurants? No"   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 62
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2007-11-09 11:45:46 PM  
Do hard-working, deserving people get screwed out of stuff by people who are famous for no good reason? Yes.
 
2007-11-10 01:14:17 AM  
That attitude is one of the things I hate about this city.
 
2007-11-10 02:26:31 AM  
The marathon is just a vanity race anyway.

And if you don't collapse at the finish you weren't trying hard enough.
 
2007-11-10 02:39:42 AM  
New York, New York!111

/a cesspool
 
2007-11-10 02:40:37 AM  
Is Scientology a sinister cult bent on overtaking society? Yes
 
2007-11-10 02:46:33 AM  
Lance Armstrong ran this year.He got in by running a sanctioned charity race.


Lance wins.
 
2007-11-10 02:50:25 AM  
Who the fark cares? Why is there even a limit? Just say "Hey, we only have this much stuff in the way of water...first people to make it to the tables can have it. You think you're going to be slow? Feel free to enter, but we hope you have your own water!"
 
2007-11-10 02:53:24 AM  
Silly small people, preferential treatment is for celebs!
 
2007-11-10 02:55:09 AM  
Oh, please. Are we such a perfect meritocracy that THIS is what's going to stick in people's craws? I wouldn't even have known the NYC marathon had happened if it hadn't been for the publicity around her running.

When they let her on the Olympic marathon team, then we'll have standing to biatch about this. Meanwhile the only difference between her and the thousands of unregistered runners at the back of the pack is that she got a number and a free t-shirt.
 
2007-11-10 03:11:02 AM  
semiotix: Oh, please. Are we such a perfect meritocracy that THIS is what's going to stick in people's craws? I wouldn't even have known the NYC marathon had happened if it hadn't been for the publicity around her running.

When they let her on the Olympic marathon team, then we'll have standing to biatch about this. Meanwhile the only difference between her and the thousands of unregistered runners at the back of the pack is that she got a number and a free t-shirt.


I'm in agreement with you. It would have been nice if she had been running for a charity, but who honestly cares if she wants to run in the marathon or not? In my opinion it's rather nice to see a celebrity doing something healthy & normal like a marathon race instead of doing something unhealthy & crazy like Brit's marathon of drugs & booze.

I also would have never have known that the NYC marathon ran recently unless this had popped up on the news. Yeah, it stinks that celebs get better treatment, but like I said, it's nice to see some healthy celeb behavior in the news, especially from someone who has become synonomous with Tom Cruise's insanity.
 
2007-11-10 03:16:35 AM  
If I was one of those borderline runners and a few minutes off my time meant I could have watched Katie Holmes' backside jiggle for five and a half hours, maybe I'd train a little harder next year.
 
2007-11-10 03:17:41 AM  
Hoopy Frood: If I was one of those borderline runners and a few minutes off my time meant I could have watched Katie Holmes' backside jiggle for five and a half hours, maybe I'd train a little harder next year.

You need to get out more.
 
2007-11-10 03:18:02 AM  
tokyogirl79: healthy & normal like a marathon race

in no way is a marathon "normal".

Hell, remember what happened to the first guy to run one?
 
2007-11-10 03:23:00 AM  
semiotix: Oh, please. Are we such a perfect meritocracy that THIS is what's going to stick in people's craws? I wouldn't even have known the NYC marathon had happened if it hadn't been for the publicity around her running.

When they let her on the Olympic marathon team, then we'll have standing to biatch about this. Meanwhile the only difference between her and the thousands of unregistered runners at the back of the pack is that she got a number and a free t-shirt.


If that shatt-borne was another of those no-time SAPS who delayed me from crossing th VZ on my way to Coney...
 
2007-11-10 03:27:14 AM  
Soul Stripper: You need to get out more.

THIS.
 
2007-11-10 04:03:19 AM  
Let her run wherever she wants.

tn3-2.deviantart.com
 
2007-11-10 04:42:02 AM  
I agree that it would've been nice if she ran for charity as well, but hey, what're you gonna do?

Diddy got in relatively last minute a couple of years ago too... was that ok though since he ran for charity?

NYC - and most of the free world, for that matter - panders in just about every way for celebrities. It sucks, but I still love my city the same. It's not the same as Billy Crystal getting WS tickets at the drop of a hat, though; she went out and ran 26.2 miles to make 'news' here.

/'09 Marathon hopeful
//or '08 if I get a lottery bid, or suddenly become famous.
 
2007-11-10 04:51:56 AM  
Umm. Seriously, are there people with problems with this? They can choose whatever criteria they want. If that criteria includes "having that person run will make us a fark-ton of money" then so be it.
 
2007-11-10 05:12:42 AM  
Christ! When people run the NY marathon they like to know that the people around them have a tea-baggers chance in hell of tasting sweat. By letting anyone run you are ruining their sense of accomplishment.
 
2007-11-10 05:16:29 AM  
TFA does not say that she took a spot away from anybody. If she was let in the marathon AFTER the regular spots were filled then I have no problem.
 
2007-11-10 06:19:26 AM  
I get loads of free shiat just by saying "Don't you know who I am?!" I am a nobody who deserves nothing.
 
2007-11-10 07:15:14 AM  
Yeah, but Billy Crystal gets tickets to WATCH the game. If he played shortstop,believe me,there'd be outrage.
 
2007-11-10 07:28:38 AM  
So. People have their rights suspended without due process.
And an elite society that allows the upper crust to dominate the lower class, and get away with just about anything. Check. A huge division between the richest and poorest.

.....

Explain to me again, how this democracy thing actually works, because as far as I can see, we live in an repatriated 17th century oligarchy.
 
2007-11-10 07:44:20 AM  
Interesting to see the attitude that CAUSES so much resentment actually used as a defense.
 
2007-11-10 07:47:07 AM  
Neeek: Umm. Seriously, are there people with problems with this? They can choose whatever criteria they want. If that criteria includes "having that person run will make us a fark-ton of money" then so be it.

Probably those who actually DID qualify for it. She brings attention sure... from the Loonies.
 
2007-11-10 07:53:55 AM  
LEAVE KATIE HOLMES ALONE!111
 
2007-11-10 08:41:12 AM  
Does OSU have a problem paying their football and basketball players? NO
 
2007-11-10 08:46:04 AM  
They just wanted to see her tits bouncing.
 
2007-11-10 08:53:57 AM  
"Does Billy Crystal have trouble getting tickets to the Yankees World Series? No. Do celebrities have trouble getting reservations in hot restaurants? No"

I don't know how big a deal this is, but that's a pretty piss poor justification
 
2007-11-10 09:04:19 AM  
Hunninghake continued to explain that the marathon gives VIP spots to individuals with compelling stories, who are not admitted in the traditional way.

What's Katie's "compelling story", that she's been certified as sane even though she married a gay dwarf who believes in Xenu the space alien and evil thetans?
 
2007-11-10 09:06:36 AM  
hbk72777: Yeah, but Billy Crystal gets tickets to WATCH the game. If he played shortstop,believe me,there'd be outrage.

Oh come on, he's gotta have better range than Jeter.
 
2007-11-10 09:07:06 AM  
ihatedumbpeople
"They just wanted to see her tits bouncing."


I'll tell you what it is like to see her tits bouncing. You know the Holocaust? Imagine the opposite of that. (NSFW)

 
2007-11-10 09:20:04 AM  
Does OSU tOSU have a problem paying their football and basketball players? NO

ftfy
 
2007-11-10 09:50:51 AM  
i2.photobucket.com

/is a witty comment really necessary?
//perky
 
2007-11-10 09:58:03 AM  
AirForceVet: Do hard-working, deserving people get screwed out of stuff by people who are famous for no good reason? Yes.

This.
 
2007-11-10 10:38:57 AM  
Who cares, people!? The manufactured outrage in this country is simply mind-boggling.
 
2007-11-10 10:43:38 AM  
she at least finished, which i guarantee some of these whining "elite runners" didnt do.

/long-distance running is a mental illness
 
2007-11-10 10:43:47 AM  
you apply for the NYC marathon not qualify. anyone can run it if you apply in time. there's a lady w/MS who participates. you have to qualify for Boston.
 
2007-11-10 10:48:28 AM  
What do you call 4 black guys being chased by 40,000 white people?

/NYC marathon
 
2007-11-10 11:00:21 AM  
hbk72777: Yeah, but Billy Crystal gets tickets to WATCH the game. If he played shortstop,believe me,there'd be outrage.

Right up until he gets a grounder in the face. Then everyone would say it was worth it.
 
2007-11-10 11:23:33 AM  
Will Ferrell ran the Boston marathon. Suprising, I know, but he apparently did it in 3:56.12, which is not bad at all.
 
2007-11-10 12:02:31 PM  
MandM: you apply for the NYC marathon not qualify. anyone can run it if you apply in time. there's a lady w/MS who participates. you have to qualify for Boston.

That's some quality FAIL right there.

There are about half a dozen ways of getting into the NY Marathon.

1. You can automatically get in with a qualifying time, roughly the same times as you'd need to qualify for Boston.

2. You can get an automatic entry if you're from overseas and book a trip/race entry with certain authorized travel agents.

3. If you're a member of NY Road Runners, the club that puts on the marathon, I think you get in automatically (or at least get some kind of preference).

4. There are a few slots set aside for the organizers, sponsors, and charities to distribute. That's how celebs and disabled racers like your MS lady likely get in.

5. For the people who don't meet one of those criteria -- the vast bulk of the 60,000+ people who apply to run it -- there's a lottery. Depending on the year, your chances of a lottery slot are usually between 33%-66%.

6. If you apply for the lottery for 3 consecutive years and don't get in, you can automatically get in in the 4th year. That's the only "automatic" way of entering for the vast majority of runners.

There are dozens of people I know that "applied in time" and didn't get in because they didn't get a lottery slot. You have no idea what you're talking about.
 
2007-11-10 12:57:50 PM  
Uzzah

my point is that you don't need to qualify to get which you point out in points 2 thru 6.
 
2007-11-10 12:59:17 PM  
ps: my husband ran it twice and didn't need to qualify.
 
2007-11-10 01:58:42 PM  
Celebrities are more important than you. Duh.
 
2007-11-10 02:18:46 PM  
Isn't Billy Crystal a METS FAN? Doesn't anyone remember City Slickers?

images.amazon.com

Because isn't it against every single rule of sport to root for any team and also root for the Yankees?
 
2007-11-10 02:21:33 PM  
Not all celebrities are self centered jerks.

I was in the ten items of less lane at Vons back in the early 90s when Kelsey Grammer got in line behind me. The cashier started picking up his items to check him out before me, despite me being in front of him in line. He stopped her and said "I believe this gentleman was here before me". That was pretty darn classy of him.

/Same cashier a few weeks later accused me of using someone else's id (it actually was my id)
//Manager told her to stop being such an idiot
///Started buying my booze at the "Liquor Chest" down the street instead
 
2007-11-10 04:18:46 PM  
www.theage.com.au
/she's smuggling raisins
 
2007-11-10 05:09:24 PM  
charliebear: That picture makes me think that she didn't even run it at all.
Who wears a cardigan after having run 26 miles? She doesn't even look like she's broken a sweat.
 
2007-11-10 05:30:09 PM  
plong: Isn't Billy Crystal a METS FAN? Doesn't anyone remember City Slickers?

shiat, he wore a Mets hat in a movie, that must mean he's a Mets fan!

Guess what? Leonardo DiCaprio? Not actually on the Titanic.
 
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