There has been quite a bit of controversy regarding Rob Young’s attempted fastest crossing across America.
That has been covered on letsrun.com in excruciating detail. In the early days of the run, Rob was posting world class mileage when compared to multi-day runners. He was looking incredibly fresh, and there were some anomalies with the mileage claimed vs information posted on Facebook.
Most of those details were covered in Runner’s World.
Their explanation regarding the incident that started this thread on letsrun.com changed over time.
You can see all of Rob’s postings and explanations on his Facebook page.
Even before the letsrun thread, there was a team of ultra runners that were planning to meet up with Rob to observe his running. This team was led by Gary “Laz” Cantrell. They did meet up with him early last week. During this time of observation, Rob began to struggle.
The last posting by the team on the FB page detailed injuries Rob suffered that resulted in a visit to the Hospital.
It was after this point that Laz stopped observing. For all intents and purposes, the record attempt was over . No matter what happened early on in the run, he was not going to beat the record.
Friday morning was a bit surreal. The letsrun crew was following the tracker intently as it went from an East Indianapolis Wal-Mart to an RV dealer, back to Walmart, to a UPS store, and finally to Golden Corral. At that point it would appear they turned off the tracker.
I had previously contacted Rob’s team with the intention of meeting him somewhere in Ohio. I wanted to speak to Rob myself prior to writing any potential article. On Saturday morning, they claimed that Rob was going to continue on, but that they were conceding that the record was out of reach.
— MarathonInvestigator (@MarathnInvestgr) June 18, 2016
As of last night. there was still no movement on the tracker, so I emailed again last night, and got the response that the run was over. Rob never ran after the visit to the hospital.
— MarathonInvestigator (@MarathnInvestgr) June 20, 2016
Rob will need to address the controversy at some point if he is to continue to make a life out of these types of runs. His team has said that they will release the GPS data. But most are skeptical that we will ever have access.
Laz’s observations seemed to indicate that Rob was naive and the crew was inexperienced, but that he does have some talent and an impressive ability to recover and run miles after seemingly being exhausted.
Rob’s performance under observation did not show any indication of the ability to run at the level that was logged early on in his attempt.
I will close by posting an open letter that was posted by a member of the ultralist. (Posted with Permission)