I wrote about Maureen briefly in an article focusing on The 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon. Her 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon result qualified her for Boston 2018. During my research for that analysis, I came across more instances that need further review.
She will be toeing the line on Monday at The Boston Marathon based off of this result at The 2016 Disney World Marathon.
The pacing by itself doesn’t look suspicious at all. But when you look at everything together, it raises doubts as to the authenticity of this result.
In reviewing the 2017 results, the most common place to cut the course is the loop the section between the 1/2 split and the 20 mile marker. It seems from looking at the data that many runners cut somewhere between miles 16 and 17, missing the 20 mile mat, and skipping the entire Wide World of Sports Complex. Maureen missed the same timing mat in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Splits are not available at Disney before 2013.
For both 2015 and 2016 Boston Marathons, The Walt Disney World Marathons were her only races where she has official Boston Qualifying times.
In both years she also had time to stop for photos with the characters. Also, in both years she has no photos in The Wide World of Sports Complex despite appearing in 56 photos from 2016 and 82 photos in 2015.
Maureen is listed as a Dopey Challenge Finisher in both of these years as well. This means that she completed the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and marathon in consecutive days. Achieving Boston Qualifying times as part of the Dopey Challenge would be quite an accomplishment.
12 Consecutive Boston Marathons
Maureen has completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons. This Monday will presumably mark her 13th consecutive finish.
Looking back, her 2014 races seem unblemished. She ran Boston Qualifying times both in Boston and at Disney. This time, she missed no mats at Disney and appeared in photos at Wide World of Sports. (She also did have character photos in 2014 as well). As mentioned above, her qualifying marathons for 2016 through 2018 Boston Marathons were all at Disney, and are all questionable.
I have not had much success in having Disney disqualify participants that did not win age group awards.
I do not doubt that she has Boston Qualifying ability. At 2017 Disney, I estimate that she cut about a mile off of the course. If I am correct, she still would have likely qualified for Boston had she not cut that section. Still, the evidence is clear and she should be DQ’d.
Even if she runs a Boston Qualifying time on Monday, it is my opinion that she should not be in the race in the first place, and therefore ineligible to run Boston 2018.
Team In Training
I reached out to Team in Training regarding Maureen’s status in these races, and have not received a reply. However in speaking with some former members of TNT, it is my understanding that the expectation of the coaches is to help the other runners first and foremost. Also they presumed that wearing the TNT coach shirt would have made it easier to cut the course. Coaches will often not run the entire race and serve more as spectators.
It probably would not have raised suspicions if a TNT coach were jumping around the course to cheer on other TNT members. It should be noted that I have no confirmation of her TNT status for these races, and that these are just theories.
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