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Local woman disqualified after finishing first in Louisiana Marathon

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Mandy West of St. Louis was disqualified after winning the Louisiana Marathon Sunday in Baton Rouge. (Photo by Charles Champagne, The Advocate)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The first woman to finish the Louisiana Marathon was disqualified for getting “nutrients and liquids” along the Baton Rouge course from somebody who wasn’t affiliated with the race.

Race co-founder Danny Bourgeois told The Advocate that Mandy West, of St. Louis, had been warned that runners weren’t allowed to receive outside assistance during Sunday’s marathon.

The race had 17 aid stations along its 26.2-mile course. Bourgeois said someone on a bicycle brought West nutrition and liquids several times.

Amany Ishaq was declared the race’s first female finisher following West’s disqualification. West unofficially finished the race in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 26 seconds, more than 18 minutes ahead of Ishaq.

In an interview after the race, West said she was trying to qualify for next month’s Olympic marathon trials.

Information from: The Advocate