I was copied on an email this morning that was sent to B.A.A. identifying a female that registered using a qualifying time ran at the 2016 VIA Marathon. I will be forwarding the email to the VIA Marathon with a link to this article as well.
While I can verify with certainty that the runner that finished the VIA marathon is not Ms. Hong, I can not be 100% certain that this is the same Ms. Hong that is registered for Boston. Once bib #s are assigned, I would be able to match that to her qualifying time.
With all of the negative press related to Mike Rossi, and a train blocking the path of would be Boston qualifiers, they have an opportunity to do the right thing and issue a disqualification where it is obvious that it is warranted.
Using the link above, you can type in Bib #2663 to see the results. If you click on the video, you see a male crossing the finish line holding his bib at precisely 3:33:05 – The official gun time credited to the female runner. A photo of this runner is below, where you can see a partial view of the bib.
|2016 Lehigh Valley VIA Marathon Result – Bib 2663|
|Bib is visible attached to runner’s shorts|
|Runner has removed the bib and is carrying it across the finish|
As noted on the photos, this runner has removed the bib from his shorts and is carrying it across the finish.
As mentioned in the top of the article, I will be forwarding this information directly to Lehigh Valley Marathon and the timing company. The initial emailer only emailed Boston. Boston will not likely act unless the qualifying marathon first issues a disqualification.