The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon was run in rainy conditions just under 2 weeks ago. I pulled the results the evening of the race and immediately commenced my review.
Total Finishers (Latest Results) : 1368
Total Boston Qualifiers: 148
Total Disqualified Boston Qualifiers: 7
Adjusted Total Boston Qualifiers: 141 (10.3%)
When I went to report these runners to the race officials, 4 were already disqualified. As I write this, 3 more were removed. All of the runners with Boston qualifying times that I believe cheated have been removed from the race results.
There were another 4 runners that all recorded very fast initial splits, but I believe this may be a timing issue. They had similar timing patterns, and their overall times were consistent with their past results.
Disqualified Runners with Boston Qualifying Times
One of the DQ’d runners had no photos. That runner was initially the 25th overall finisher, and 8th in his age group.
As you can see, some runners are posing with their unearned medals. However, nothing jumped out at me as far as any questionable prior results for this group. Overall the results were fairly clean. 3 of these runners were initially winners of their age groups.
All of these runners missed splits, and had much faster paces over the missed sections.
There seemed to be an issue with the 13.1 timing mat, a much larger percentage of runners didn’t register a time at this mat as compared to the other checkpoints. This wouldn’t be a likely place to cut the course, and none had significantly faster paces over this stretch of the course to raise suspicion.
The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon did a great job cleaning up the results, at least as far as the BQ runners go.
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