At least 7 runners that posted Boston Qualifying times have been disqualified from The 2017 Los Angeles Marathon. There is one more runner that I identified with highly questionable results that remains in the results. I have provided the information on this 8th runner to race officials.
All of the above runners have been disqualified.
I have identified 4 instances of probable course cutting in addition to the two above that both cut the course and ran with another person’s bib. One of these runners seemed to jump in to pace a friend on the 2nd half of the race. I do not see evidence that this person was claiming the result as legitimate. He has been removed from the results, and I believe that is sufficient.
These two runners have been also disqualified.
There is one more runner that I submitted for review. This runner has not been DQ’d. He did not miss any timing mats but has very unusual splits.
In addition to these unlikely splits, the runner’s history does not support a sub 4 hour time. He has a history of 5:30:00 to 6:00:00 hour marathons.
The marathon did a good job at responding and removing the questionable results. Additionally they were very fast to review and remove a runner that was registered for The 2017 Boston Marathon. that runner was only detected a couple of weeks before the race. They quickly reviewed and made a determination in time to have that runner removed from Boston. I will update the article when a decision is made regarding the last runner profiled.
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