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Puzzle ID:#10662
Fun:*** (2.88)
Difficulty:** (1.71)
Submitted By:CCat20*us****
Corrected By:cnmne




Bob Lowry was going to compete in a marathon. He called the number he heard on the radio and signed up with his 2 friends. He started running and was doing a good job, but 1/3 of the way through, he stopped and did not continue running for the duration of the race. However, his name appeared as one of the top runners in the newspaper the next day. How did he do that?

He did not take a shortcut or cheat in any way.
Hundreds of people finished the race.

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Mar 04, 2003

Another Bob Lowry also ran the race and did well.
Mar 07, 2003

This is easy if you are a runner, but cute
(user deleted)
Mar 10, 2003

It's good for all of the Tracksters out there
Mar 14, 2003

His competitors were all 80 year old seniors.
Jul 08, 2004

keep up the nice work!
May 23, 2006

May 23, 2006

i like rschwietzer answer
Jun 03, 2007

or he stopped then walked, or nobody else got past him
Jun 03, 2007

or he stopped then walked, or nobody else got past him
Jun 03, 2007

sorry, didnt meen to double post
Jun 29, 2007

Dude, since you said he stopped a third through i thought it was obvious he was in a triathlon lol
Jan 05, 2008

Yeah, I also thought it was a triatholon and that for some reason he was the best at the first half, even though he quit the rest of it, lol.
Dec 20, 2008

Did not have a clue. I thought it may have been a tri-athelon, where you run , bike, and swim. Had me stumped, so I guess that shows I'm not a runner. Very good teaser.
Dec 20, 2008

A no brainer. Took all of five seconds to come up w/answer.
Dec 20, 2008

Dec 20, 2008

well him and is 2 friends could of went against each other
(user deleted)
Dec 20, 2008

too easy!!
Dec 20, 2008

I never heard of a marathon relay.
Dec 20, 2008

I didn't even come close. But, that was a good one! I liked some of the other answers, too.
Dec 20, 2008

Dec 20, 2008

Easy to figure out. Nice teaser. Thanks for posting.
Dec 20, 2008

I guessed that it was a makes sense, right?
Dec 22, 2008

I came up with the same answer as rschwietzer.

There was another Bob Lowry entered in the race.
Dec 23, 2008

That was awesome.
Jan 13, 2011

I'm proud of myself because I actually figured that one out!
Dec 20, 2011

i think i overlooked few areas..." the question mentioned bob lowry as top runner and not winner... it was never mentioned that he won the marathon.... so i came up with a conclusion that he must be a lengendary runner who came there as a guest role and ran for 1/3 of the distance for initiating public awarness reagrding marathon...
Dec 20, 2011

do we actually have marathon relays??
Dec 20, 2011

Very easy for me.
Dec 20, 2011

I first came with the "same name, different person" answer but thought that was too easy so then began to over think it, but all I could come up with were ways to cheat and knew that couldn't be it since he did not cheat was stipulated in the question. I completely missed the relay angle. Good one!
Dec 20, 2011

Not sure how, but I thought of relay rather quickly. Good quiz - thanks for posting! Happy Holidays, friends!
Dec 20, 2011

Hello Cutebug - how do I know you?
Dec 20, 2011

I miss doehead. I would have loved to hear his answer.
By the way, I didn't get it....again.
They say the memory is the first thing to go.
Dec 20, 2011

2 Bob Lowrys




Bob got his runner's number mixed up with one of his two buddies, and one of his buddies did really well.

Know what I mean?

Bob wore Friend 1's 1234, and Friend 1 wore Bob's 4321. Then when Friend 1 finishes, Bob gets the credit.



Dec 20, 2014

I had heard this one before so it was
ho hum for me. Sorry!
Dec 20, 2014

Not being a runner (since grade school anyway) and having no interest in marathons, I was not surprised that I had no clue about this teaser.
Dec 20, 2014

This time I got it with no trouble. Maybe the old brain is working today.
Dec 21, 2014

Made me think so I liked it. I might have said, "Bob signed up with his two friends, Bill and Don." That would have eliminated the "same name - different person" response (which I guessed too).

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