“The Honolulu Marathon is an easy course to turn around on,” said Dr. Jim Barahal, Honolulu Marathon CEO and founder. “The technology that is involved with running and these large marathons makes it nearly impossible to really cheat. You’re going to get caught.”
– Several Honolulu Runners Accused of Cheating – Hawaii News Now
Following the 2016 Honolulu Marathon, I wrote an article regarding several instances of apparent course cutting.
Dr. Barahal made it clear that he is not a fan of mine or marathoninvestigation.com.
As I pointed out in my article – CHEATING IS BEING TOLERATED AT HONOLULU MARATHON – MY RESPONSE TO RACE OFFICIALS, despite Barahal’s comments, they had only disqualified the runners that were specifically mentioned in my article. I quickly found a runner in the prior year’s results that missed splits. The runner’s time for a 20 mile stretch calculates to a sub 3 minute mile.
Honolulu Course Cutters Registered for Boston
At least two runners with very suspicious results have registered for Boston using The Honolulu Marathon as their qualifier. One of them is highlighted below.
Below is a portion of an email I sent to the race in December regarding the above runner:
I received a couple emails regarding runners that seemingly cut the course and have Boston Qualifying Times. Can you please review these results?
She was on 10:13/mile pace through 21km.
From 21-35 KM it took her 49:44 – a 5:43 per mile pace.
I never received a response. She was never removed from the results. Now she is registered for Boston.
The technology that is involved with running and these large marathons makes it nearly impossible to really cheat. You’re going to get caught.
The technology is in place. But the race is not utilizing it. In addition they seemingly ignore when cheating is brought to their attention.
When a race takes the side of cheaters, and welcomes those that are caught to participate future races, they are putting their bottom line ahead of the integrity of the sport. As it stands right now, this woman (and others) are entered into Boston at the expense of runners that legitimately deserve to be in Boston on April 16th.
The BAA has been notified of the runner above as well as one additional runner with highly suspicious splits that used The Honolulu Marathon as their qualifier.
There are additional runners from other races that have been reported to both their qualifying races and the B.A.A. I will report on them later in the week.
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