This is the moment a drunken man films himself pouring alcohol into runners’ drinking cups hours before the start of a marathon in Mexico.
In the video, an unnamed man pours a bottle of rum into plastic cups filled with healthy isotonic drinks at an unguarded hydration booth at night.
This took place in the early hours of the morning, moments before the start of the 39th Edition of the Mexico City Marathon on Sunday, 28th August, according to local media reports.
The man films the nighttime booth before giddily revealing his plans to netizens in a video entitled, ‘Hero or Villain?’
He slurs into the camera: “I’m going to pour some bloody Matusalem (rum) in, so they can show off…
“Tomorrow everyone will be at their best, tomorrow, look, everyone at their best, bloody race it’s going to be the best in the world.
“Tomorrow everyone is going to run fast like target shooting.”
The spiked drinks were discovered by event organisers who noticed something strange in the cups and removed them from the stands before the viral video came to light, according to a statement Newsflash obtained from the Government of Mexico on 29th August.
The statement added: “We have taken action on the matter so that this action does not go unpunished and this subject who attacked the athletes is punished with the full weight of the law.”
This was after the Sports Institute of Mexico City (INDEPORTE) filed a criminal complaint with the attorney general’s office while requesting that an investigation be carried out by the nation’s cybernetic police in order to find the suspect, according to the statement.
The man was later identified, according to the General Director of INDEPORTE, Javier Hidalgo Ponce, who said that the suspect was believed to be a “highly educated person with a high socioeconomic status” whose actions had a “racist and classist” tinge to them that went against community organised activities.
On the contrary, Twitter users chose to criticise the event organisers while questioning the lack of vigilance at the booths during the hours leading up to the marathon.
One user commented: “Who would think of leaving the glasses (out) like this the night before the event?
While another wrote: “They could have poisoned them and nobody would have found out. Regrettable.”