Yesterday, I presented evidence that Heather Crowe ran the Chicagoland marathon in 2018 using her twin sister’s (Holly’s) bib. Holly submitted that time to enter herself into the 2019 Boston Marathon. I maintain that Holly did not run a qualifying marathon herself, and that her entry into Boston should be revoked.
Since Holly and Heather are identical twins, the photographs from Chicagoland do not provide definitive evidence as to which sister participated. However, tow posts on social media provided sufficient evidence, in my opinion, to show that Heather ran the Chicagoland Marathon.
This was posted to Heather’s Instagram on May 20th, the day of the race. In it Heather discusses the challenges she faced.
“It was a cold and rainy day, for a Marathon…was completely exhausted after sleeping only 2.5 hours because of an emergency vet visit. I was completely exhausted the moment I got to the start line..”
The below post was made by Heather and Holly’s mother.
This post also indicates that Heather ran the marathon, not Holly. The comments also confirm that Heather ran the race.
Despite the social media evidence, Heather maintains that she did not run the race for Holly. I received an email from Heather, included in the email was this statement (emphasis added).
I also did not run the marathon for her. Those social media posts, have been altered by someone. I was out of town in Wisconsin with my mom when my sister ran the race. She trained hard for that race. I injured my piriformis during Nashville and was off of running for almost 1 month. I attached 2 real social media posts from the weekend. I thought this site did research on its claims before trashing someone’s reputation.
In my opinion, this post just shows the intent by Heather to run a BQ for her twin.
Heather shared this post to show that she was tagged in Lake Geneva at the time of the race. I interpret the post differently. I believe her mother tagged her because she was saying they needed to spend the night there in the future. From what I can see, Heather was not with her mother that weekend.
Furthermore, I uncovered another Facebook post which only serves to validate the Instagram post that was posted on Heather’s account after the race. It shows that Heather was indeed at the vet in the early morning of May 20th. In further emails, Heather claimed that she went to the vet and returned to Lake Geneva later the morning of May 20th.
Heather claims that the social media posts were altered. For this to be true, we would have to believe the following:
- Someone accessed Heather’s Instagram account on May 20th shortly after the raced and made the post claiming that Heather ran the race. They also knew of the visit to the vet, and implemented that into the story.
- Heather left the Instagram post up, that she didn’t make, until after my article was posted on October 16th.
- Someone accessed their mother’s, Heather’s, and Holly’s Facebook accounts to manufacture the conversation that shows that Heather ran Chicagoland and qualified Heather for Boston.
- The person responsible for the hacking of all of these accounts did so for the sole purpose of framing Heather for acting as a bib mule for Holly.
Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor) is a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. In this case the one that requires the least speculation is usually better. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation. (wikipedia).
I have not heard from Holly. I did reach out to her recently, and will provide an update if she does decide to offer any additional information.
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