Listen, I've run a half marathon. I know firsthand how hard it is, and how you wanna take a shortcut half through! But I don't understand why any runner WOULD! You're running the half marathon for yourself. if you cheat, you're only cheating yourself.
A traffic cam caught runners in a half marathon in China cutting through trees, cutting over a mile off the run!!
According to ABC News:
In all, 258 runners were punished for various methods of cheating, including having fake bib numbers and hiring impostors, organizers said.
Still no idea why you would do that.