I’ve been called worse than a pitch-fork wielding, tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist as Postmedia’s Ismael N. Daro did when he ran a story on my blog post (see here) about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s Army Run:
Tory blogger Dean Skoreyko, however, smelled a fake. On his site BC Blue, Skoreyko wondered why Trudeau’s race time didn’t appear in the results database.
Indeed, a search for either bib number #20603 or Trudeau’s name yields no results at sportstats.ca.
A spokesperson for the Army Run had no answers when contacted by Canada.com on Wednesday.
“We have re-checked the Sports Stats database and Mr. Trudeau’s name and finishing time do not appear. As a result, it would probably be best to contact Mr. Trudeau’s office directly,” said Velma LeBlanc in an email.
Further questions about why a finish time might go missing from the database were not answered.
Trudeau’s office has so far not reponded to a request for comment. A Liberal party spokesperson reached at a different office suggested reporters could ask Trudeau in person or at a press scrum. (see here)
I’m just happy my post caused a reporter to inquire and confirm some details from the race organizers which I haven’t been able to get so far:
I see that Justin Trudeau took part in the Ottawa Army Run under bib #20603 yet his name does not appear in your data base. Was he not a registered participant?
Were you the photographer who came to the office early on race day?
There are a number of reasons why he does not appear but the first place to start is his race number. Do you know what number he was wearing? Please send it to me and I can get to the bottom of it.
Joe Du Vall
Thank you for your quick response.
No, that was not me….the race number on the bib was 20603.
I’m following up on whether you have confirmed Justin Trudeau was properly registered to be a participant in your Ottawa Army Run.
Update: The run’s organizer wants no more part of this:
Dean, all queries about this have to go through the Canadian Army Run media.
Please contact Kristina Davis at KRISTINA.DAVIS@forces.gc.ca
Joe Du Vall