Richard Perza – Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Akron Marathon, PF Chang’s RnR Arizona


Interesting case here. I was looking at this past weekend’s marathons, and was particularly interested in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Looking at the course map, it seems there are multiple opportunities to cut the course. I have no background information on how tough it actually is and how responsive the RD is to issuing DQ’s or checking the splits. However, I decided to start clicking through the results starting with the slowest BQ times, to the fastest.

I came across Richard Perza. He had a B.Q. time and no splits.

I searched prior years and found similar results…2014

He did register a Half Marathon split in 2013

 He doesn’t limit himself to Cleveland…

This is from 2015 Rock ‘ N Roll Arizona. No splits.

He also has similar times for 2013 Arizona and 2012 Cleveland with no splits.

I did find partial splits for a 4:52 marathon – Akron 2013. The only non B.Q. race I could find.

I searched photos for yesterday’s Cleveland Marathon. Only finish line photos appear. They are still processing. I also looked at the 2015 PF Chang’s Rock ‘N Roll Marathon..Only 2 photos that aren’t right at the finish line.

In summary, there are 7 results that need to be questioned. All from Cleveland, Akron and RnR Arizona.

If anyone comes up with anything else of interest, post below or email me at the link on the bottom of the page.


  1. All the pictures are upladed for Cleveland. There are no additional photos of Perza. Most of the other runners that I checked had at least a dozen photos.

  2. Cleveland would be pretty easy to cheat at, but I'm not sure why you'd cheat your way to a 4 hour finish. Akron is a tough course.

  3. So, 20 yrs after barely squeaking out sub 6 hr marathons, he consistently goes sub 4 without splits at age 60. Interesting. Also interesting to me is he only has marathons on Athlinks. I'm looking uo the primary timing services in the area and he doesn't appear. Just marathons. Maybe, just weird though. What's his end game?

  4. No idea. He's already been DQ'd for Cleveland 2015. I've emailed Akron and RNR. I will make one more attempt for prior year Cleveland results..but that's not as important since he can't use those for Boston now.

  5. Hard to understand his motives, but, looking at his face in those finish photos, he just doesn't seem to give a crap. Definitely doesn't look like a glory hound. Maybe he just runs whatever part of the course he feels like on a given day.

  6. I just checked the results and the 2016 Cleveland results show him bumped down to the half marathon with the 3:27 time.

    I'm happy because I ran that race and I'm in the same age group!

    It's not just about BQ cheating.

    What a bum.

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