I saw this first video via Women’s Sporting News on Facebook. The second was in the related videos on Youtube. First, a short 19 second one:
Now, they don’t really let us know where in the finish process these two women are, but I assume they were not first and second. Now, let’s see how the men handle the same situation in a longer video:
The caption text for this one reads “Amazing,Courageous,Incredible finish at Massachusetts State Boys High School Cross Country Championships” but to me it should read “One Asshole Who Won’t Accept Help and Fifty Who Won’t Offer It.”
Now, I am not a strong runner, but enough of a runner to understand that the guy wants to finish under his own steam, but to me this is silliness to a high degree. The part I find more offensive is that only one other runner even offers assistance, despite numerous members of his own team passing him (all in the first minute of the video).
Now, we are close to the finish line, and the bulk of the runners we see are not going to place. Sure, you still want your time to be good for personal reasons, but it is ten yards (roughly) to the finish line. You have not won the race, and your assistance will not add that much time to your finish. Is thirty seconds worth your humanity?
This is why I do not like men’s sports. From a young age, men feel they are destined for greatness and a career in athletics despite the odds being heavily against them. Women compete with an understanding that the best financial gain for most is an athletic scholarship, with the Olympics being the much more difficult and less likely outcome. Sure there are professional options for women in certain sports, but the majority of female athletes do it for the love of sport and the possibility of a university education.
I won’t get too down on the guy refusing help, as I understand it, but the courageous guy, the sportsmanlike guy, the human guy is the single runner who offered help.