Review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon Results Reveals Over a Dozen Cheaters with Boston Qualifying TImes

  After reviewing the Philadelphia Marathon Results, a total of 14 runners were identified as having cut the course or otherwise cheated while earning Boston Qualifying Times.In addition to...

 

After reviewing the Philadelphia Marathon Results, a total of 14 runners were identified as having cut the course or otherwise cheated while earning Boston Qualifying Times.In addition to the published timing mats, I was happy to hear that there was an unpublished mat placed at the furthest point on the course.

I did examine the splits, and while there were some negative splits where it would have been possible for runners to skip, nothing jumped out as possible.  Philadelphia did a good job at quickly disqualifying course cutters this year, and I believe they likely caught those that cut off the portion where the unpublished mat was located.

 

Below are a couple of examples of course cutters that were identified..
 
FEMALE: AGE 42  3:22:08 NET TIME – BOSTON QUALIFIER WITH HISTORY OF COURSE CUTTING – RAN 2016 BOSTON MARATHON – DISQUALIFIED
Splits – 2016 Philadelphia Marathon
  • 10K  59:49 9:37 per mle
  • Half  2:09:13 9:51 per mile
  • 30K – Missed Mat
  • FINISH 3:22:08 7:43 per mile
According to the splits, she ran the 2nd half of the marathon in 1:12:55. That would be a pace of 5:34 per mile for the last 1/2 of the marathon.
In addition to the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon, she missed the 30k split in Philadelphia in 2014 and 2015. She used the 2014 Philadelphia time to run the 2016 Boston Martahon, which she completed in 5:06:19.
She was previously profiled in an article:
FEMALE: AGE 46  3:43:09 NET TIME – BOSTON QUALIFIER – DISQUALIFIED
Splits – 2016 Philadelphia Marathon
  • 10K 1:15:23 12:08 per mile
  • Half 3:08:40 14:23 per mile
  • 30K – Missed Mat
  • FINISH 3:43:09 8:31 per mile
This is an obvious instance of course cutting. According to the splits, she ran the 2nd half of the marathon in 34:29. That would be a pace of 2:38 per mile for the last 1/2 of the marathon.

MALE: AGE 52  3:02:04 NET TIME – BOSTON QUALIFIER – DISQUALIFIED


Splits – 2016 Philadelphia Marathon

  • 10K Missed Mat
  • Half Missed Mat
  • 30K – Missed Mat
  • FINISH 3:02:04 6:57 per mile
This is also not the first time this runner has missed mats in Philadelphia. In 2013, he has a finish time of 3:07:12. He hit the 1/2 split in 2:50:35, meaning he ran the 2nd half in 17 minutes.
 
Looking at the map for 2013 Philadelphia, the finish line is only about a block away from the 1/2 way point of the marathon route. It is possible that he simply gave up and triggered the finish .
All in all, Philadelphia has really improved as far as being vigilant and responsive.-Derek

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3 Comments on this post.
  • Lee Greathouse
    22 January 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Congrats on the NBC article that mentions the Philly investigation. Keep up with he good work, I'm glad you're getting some recognition as well.

  • Anonymous
    24 January 2017 at 2:54 pm

    check bib 8771 Ravines first half 2:25; finished in 4:06. Really???

  • Anonymous
    24 January 2017 at 3:39 pm

    The "WTF" face of the other runner in the last picture is priceless.

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