Canadian endurance athlete Gary Robbins just did the most Canadian thing ever by apologizing before anyone asked him to. The runner and race director announced on Instagram and Twitter that he realized that his 2014 FKT from the Howe Sound Crest Trail was an illegitimate record.
The runner took to social media to explain his mistake and issue an apology to the runners who his mistake effected. Robbins said on Instagram, “Long story short, while doing the trail with Linda yesterday I recognized that I was on a section I definitely did not cover 4 years ago while attempting the FKT. I have now covered the HSCT 7 times (in 11 years) & I know I’ve done the proper full route 4 times. My first 3 crossings, & yesterday, but somewhere along the way I detoured onto a side trail & inadvertently started skipping a small section of the true route on my 4th, 5th (fkt attempt) & 6th crossings.”
Robbins realized that he had made the same mistake in his route several times, including his FKT attempt, and asked record keepers to adjust the standings accordingly.
The runner finishes his post writing, “I’m sorry for my mistake, I pledge to be better in the future at ensuring I know a route 100% before attempting any FKT so as to ensure I don’t undermine someone else’s hard earned accomplishment.”