I came across this runner during a review of 2017 Boston registrants.
This runner’s only qualifying time was from the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon. She finished the race in 3:52:46.
Looking at her Philadelphia result, the questionable time is between the 30k and finish. Looking at the map below, there is opportunity to cut this portion.
She hit the mat at 30k (18.64 miles) and could have easily turned around at this point, cutting about 2-1/2 miles. However, even cutting off 2-1/2 miles would put her pace at about 9 minutes for this split – which given her progression doesn’t seem likely.
edit – I was able to obtain a photo link – she is shown crossing the finish line – the clock time in her results is off vs. the photo..but this is the case for other runners that I checked. I am beginning to think this is just a timing issue that worked in her favor.
However, registering for Boston ’17 using this time could not be classified as an accident or unintentional (Yes. I’ve had a different runner claim exactly that).
She did have a 1/2 marathon time of 1:50:58 1 month prior to Philadelphia. Prior to that nothing indicated an ability to run a sub 4 hour marathon.
Her other recent times were over 2 hours for 1/2 marathon distance, and her most recent marathon was just under 5 hours. Her previous PR marathon was over 4:21:33 at the 2002 Marine Corps Marathon.
I have previously reported this result to Philadelphia and have yet to receive a response. I have followed up with them again this morning.
Since The 2017 Boston marathon is fast approaching, I will be posting more articles on 2017 entrants that have used questionable times to qualify. I am busy reporting these runners to the qualifying marathons and Boston as applicable. Once we get too close to the marathon, Boston will likely be unable to take action as they are busy with other aspects of the 2017 race.