The 25-year-old won the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday but was disqualified when he crossed the finish line because he never registered for the race.
Downard was using the bib of a friend who had signed up for the race but was unable to compete. The Oklahoman freely admitted the issue to race officials when confronted with it after crossing the finish line.
Kolin Styles, 25, was named the winner. He finished the race in 2 hours, 40 minutes, 54 seconds, more than three minutes behind Downard.
"I'll take it," he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
A race official told the newspaper that Downard was understanding about the disqualification and said he'd come back to compete next year.
Remarkably, a similar situation occurred in the 2003 race.
Over 9,000 men and women participated in numerous races at the annual event. Almost of all them signed up on time.
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