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Friday, October 28, 2011

2009 Northville MI Solstice run 10K - Full Report (6/27/2009)

Race in June, 2009 & Disqualification in February, 2011
(Please see Race Director, Alan Whitehead's note below)

Northville, Michigan (6/27/2009) Official Results -

Kip's photos can be found on pg3 here (no bib showing)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alan Whitehead <>
Date: Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 7:51 PM
Subject: 2009 Solstice Run 10K - Finish Results for Kip Litton


I am the Race Director for the Solstice Run in Northville, MI and many of my fellow running and community friends have brought to my attention the results of the 2009 Solstice Run 10K race event where you were credited with a finish time of 37:14.

I have evidence with videos and pictures taken at various stages of our 2009 10K race on the course and it is apparent you did not run the entire 10K course in the chip time recorded.

One example is a picture of yourself finishing:

We took note and recognized your tee shirt was dry on such a tough course & high temperature day. You & I know you easily shortcut the course.

My responsibility to the Solstice Run event is to conduct an organized, fair and professional race event with accurate finisher results. Therefore with the evidence in hand can you explain your appearance & lack of previous race times that would support such a solid 6 minute pace on our hilly 10K race event in Northville?

I am prepared to officially "Disqualify" your finish time in 2009 at the Solstice Run dependant on your response and explanation to the evidence received. Please respond by this Sunday, February 6th with your comments and feedback or I will need to make a decision then to process a Disqualification on your entry and finish-time in our 2009 Solstice Run 10K race.


Alan Whitehead
Race Director
Solstice Run


Kip (black) appears to be over the shoulder of the yellow shirt guy
Direct verbatim from an email we received:

Solstice 10K 2009 Map (thanks to a reader who sent this in)


  1. Kudos to race director, Alan Whitehead. Nice to see the RDs that proactively & professionally step up when presented with the case on Kip, use some common sense, and don't shy away from a possible confrontation. I wish all of the RDs handled it similarly.

  2. Yeah, it's great that an RD had the balls to go back and DQ Kip 2 years later. no statute of limitations for cheating!!!!!!