Runner Teshome Mekonen (19) gestures to leader Silas Kipruto (7) after he turned around and swung at Mekonen with his hand while in the fifth mile during Saturday's 42nd annual Quad-City Times Bix 7.


The appeal of a protest regarding Saturday’s Quad-City Times Bix 7 has been denied by the race’s jury of appeals.

The jury convened Monday and determined that the actions of Kenya’s Silas Kipruto during the fifth mile of the 7-mile race did not affect the outcome of the race.

Kipruto swung his arm backward at Ethiopia runner Teshome Mekonen after he thought Mekonen was following him too closely and clipping him from behind. He did not appear to make contact when he swung at Mekonen, who pointed angrily at the Kenyan runner.

Mekonen’s initial protest was denied, and that decision was upheld Monday after the jury reviewed video of the incident.

“No violation occurred that would have modified or changed the final outcome of the race and this appeal is denied,’’ the jury concluded in a statement released by Bix 7 assistant race director Dan Breidinger.

Kipruto ended up winning the Bix 7, claiming his third title in the race. Mekonen placed eighth.

Breidinger declined to reveal the names of the members of the jury of appeals but said it was comprised of Bix 7 committee members, including some former high school coaches.

Mekonen and his agent, Feven Alem, could not be reached for comment.

The complete statement from the Bix 7 is:

“The conduct of the Q.C.T. Bix 7 Race is monitored by the Meet Referee and its appointed Games Committee.

“An athlete or their representative that is competing in the race may protest the outcome (results) based on an infraction they feel occurred during the race.

“The Meet Referee and Games Committee hears and reviews the protest and accepts or denies the protest on the basis of the infraction.

“In this case the protest was denied based on the grounds that no violation occurred which altered or impeded the final outcome or results of the race.

“Upon receiving the ruling the athlete/representative decided to appeal the Games Committee’s decision and submit a written appeal to the race’s 'Jury of Appeals'. This group is separate from the 'Games Committee' and their decision is final on the matter. The decision is rendered on a 'majority ruling basis'.

“If their decision overturns initial denial the 'Jury' will help determine the recourse direction.

“With this understanding the Quad-City Times Bix 7 has issued the following statement regarding this matter as rendered by the 'Jury of Appeals':

“No violation occurred that would have modified or changed the final outcome of the race and this appeal is denied."