Matt Flaherty

Credit: Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile
Credit: Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile

Why I took the pledge:
Competitive running is about testing yourself—against the clock, nature, and your peers. Any form of cheating, including doping, robs others and yourself of this opportunity and undermines everything the sport represents. Drug testing is an important and valuable part of #cleansport, and I fully support this pledge to effectively extend existing anti-doping controls to lifetime bans on competitive running. Moreover, I hope that taking this pledge (along with many other athletes) can help to change the culture of the sport, ideally eradicating drug use and preventing doping from spreading into mountain, ultra, and trail running.