Sick video shows man gloating as he spikes sports drinks for marathon runners with RUM

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: In video uploaded to social media, a man not seen on camera was seen pouring white rum into sports drinks at a water station set up for marathon runners from Mexico City on August 28. The man allegedly spiked drinks at 6am after leaving a nightclub inebriated.

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The video clearly states that its purpose was to intoxicate the marathon runners. Given that the runners would have covered more than 21 km by the time they reached the water station, drinking pure alcohol during training could be risky. Javier Hidalgo Ponce, director of the Mexico City Sports Institute, said since race volunteers working at the water station quickly noticed what had happened and threw away the drink, no runners drank fortified beverages.

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In the YouTube video, the man can be heard saying, “I’m going to pour bloody Matusalem [rum] so they can show off,” the man mumbled. “The race will be the best in the world tomorrow because everyone will be performing at their highest level, everyone will be rushing tomorrow to simulate target shooting”, he added.

The Mexican government acknowledged on August 29 that the spiked drinks were discovered by event organizers who spotted something strange in the cups and removed them from stands before the viral video was revealed.

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“We have taken action on the incident to ensure that this behavior does not go unpunished and that this individual who attacked the athletes is punished to the full force of the law,” officials said in a statement. This came after Mexico City’s Sports Institute asked the country’s cyber police to investigate to identify the offender and file a criminal complaint with the attorney general’s office. Ponce revealed the man was later identified and the suspect was believed to be a “well-educated individual with a high socio-economic status”.

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His actions are said to have a “racist and classist” connotation and are opposed to planned community events. Twitter users criticized event organizers while raising concerns about the lack of pit safety in the days leading up to the marathon.


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The man will likely face prosecution for his alcohol doping attempt, which he committed hours before the Mexico City marathon. The midpoint of the marathon was where the water station was located, and the 19,000 participants who participated in it were possibly in danger at the 21 mile mark.

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