I was taking pictures for Dave Jones and of Sue Brown during the St. Croix Half Ironman awards ceremony on Sunday. After the men's Virgin Islands award was given to Kent Bradbury, I went up and told race director Tom Guthrie that the award was given to the wrong male V.I. first-place finisher. He said he would "look into it."
Just prior to the end of the ceremonies, I told Tom that Kent was coming to him to give up the award. Kent and Dave both walked up to Tom, and Kent confirmed he had finished third to Dave and Chris Spenser of Tortola. Even though Kent relinquished his award, Tom refused to make a public correction at the awards banquet, just saying "We'll take care of it."
So why would he say to you on Tuesday that the posted results were correct when he was previously told by Kent they were not? If you look at last year's results, both BVI racers and STT entries were included. Plus, looking at this year's overall results, those omitted had "VI" as their "state" of residence. So, how did this error happen?
Dave never got the just recognition from Tom and the event that would have been so easy to do. Fear of admitting that a minor error had been made ruled judgments.
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