Runners Disqualified From 2017 Boston Marathon

Train Rider and Bib Copiers Disqualified - Other Results are Still Pending Review

Some Runners that were profiled following the 2017 Boston marathon have been disqualified. I will be pulling updated results to identify any more that may have been missed. For some time the B.A.A. had a link for runners to report cheating. I am certain that some reports went directly to them without me being aware. I will keep a constant eye out for other disqualifications.

Alexander Schwarz

This is the runner that was witnessed taking the train over part of the course. In doing so, he missed two timing mats. He finished just under 3 hours. Finishing sub 3:00:00 was his apparent motivation. He had a website devoted to his quest to finish all of the marathon majors in under 3 hours. He has not updated his site since before Boston.

MORE INFORMATION COMES OUT AS ADDITIONAL WITNESS CLAIMS RUNNER TOOK TRAIN ON WAY TO BOSTON FINISH

He has been removed from the results.

The B.A.A. automatically reviews runners that have missed two or more timing mats. It is unclear how much weight they put into the eyewitness accounts in making the determination to disqualify Andrew.

 

Bib Copiers

 

The original owners of the bibs that were copied and used primarily by Reebok employees have been removed from the 2017 Boston Marathon results. There were a total of 4 runners disqualified. I do not know that it has been proved definitively which of these runners were directly involved in having their bibs copied. The co-founder of the charity claims that not all of the runners knew their bibs were copied. A couple of those runners had posted clear photographs of their bibs on social media prior to the race.

 

BOSTON BIB COPYING TRACED TO MARATHON SPONSOR AND LOCAL CHARITY

 

Still Waiting…George Taylor

 

George missed the same timing mat in 3 consecutive Boston Marathons, and used a copied bib back in 2010. Still awaiting a decision from the B.A.A.

BOSTON RUNNER HAS A HISTORY OF MISSED MATS AND QUESTIONABLE BOSTON MARATHON RESULTS

There were a few of other runners that I found that missed multiple mats that were disqualified. I will be looking into their prior results and any qualifiers to make sure there isn’t more there. I will report on them if I feel there is anything particularly interesting or noteworthy.

 

 

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  • Daniele
    19 May 2017 at 9:56 am

    Question. Can a disqualified runner apply for a bib the next year ?

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    • derek murphy
      19 May 2017 at 10:02 am

      good question. Two of the bib copiers were also disqualified last year. I will ask the B.A.A. if they have been permanently banned after copying bibs two consecutive years.

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  • Albert
    19 May 2017 at 10:45 am

    I have to admit, seeing Schwarz’s result removed is highly satisfying. Seeing his face happy, posing with his medal after cheating really irked me.

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  • John
    19 May 2017 at 12:53 pm

    good!

    amazing that it is taking them so long to dq George Taylor. Could be the most egregious of the cheaters. Also, curious what Reebok’s response will be now that it is “official.” Seriously, tarnishes their entire company brand. I still believe these thiefs should make restitution to the BAA and then to a local BAA supported (honest) charity. In addition to being banned from all BAA races of course (and other world marathon majors) if they get the whim again. Really is disgusting that the company and, or any of these cheats haven’t responded to make amends with the community.

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  • POG
    19 May 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Derek, looks like there’s a typo on Alexander Schwarz’s section. The last paragraph calls him “Andrew”.

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  • Kyrsten
    19 May 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Any word on whether or not Jack Hart bandit-ed again this year?

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