Scott Kummer was first accused of cheating in 2017 on the popular running site letsrun.com. The evidence presented was damning. He had no footpod data for any of his runs. This startling revelation was believed to be uncovered by Jane Benfer.
Under the scrutiny, Scott admitted to cheating:
I’ve gone so far as to attach my watch to a slow moving and obese man to steal his data and make it look like I finished races all over the country.Scott Kummer – letsrun.com
It is with tears in my eyes that I write this post. And confess once and for all, that yes, I have been cheating all this time. That 37:48:00 100 miler at Superior Trail 100. the one where i barely made the last cutoff, the over 6 hour marathons, all of it, lies and cheating. If you check my Strava account (https://www.strava.com/athletes/3399449) you will see that I’ve gone so far as to attach my watch to a slow moving and obese man to steal his data and make it look like I have barely finished races all over the county. It doesn’t end there. My last hour finishes at Comrades were BOTH faked….which makes me an INTERNATIONAL CHEATER.
I decided to look back and investigate Scott’s other results. and was suspicious about one result in particular:
Rock N Roll Marathon 2014
Scott has an official time of 4:28:21 for this race. Unfortunately split times are no longer available on The Rock n Roll website for this race. However his GPS track made it clear that he did not run the entire course.
In this video, you can clearly see that Scott cut off a portion of the course. He’s the one that does not run the two out and back sections.
At this point I reached out to Scott and he replied:
Got your email. You’re right. I got diverted (if you asked me incorrectly) and I didn’t finish the entire marathon. I didn’t take a medal and no hard feelings about it, it’s just running and to tell the truth we did waste some time getting tacos and Clamatos mid-race. No offense taken. Thanks for all you do!
I replied to Scott:
Thanks for the response: I am sorry you were diverted prematurely. Still sounds like you had a great experience.
The above was a dramatization based on real events. The accusations which were made by Ultra Troll, Jane Benfer are real. Scott really was diverted at The 2014 Rock n Roll Marathon. To this day, he has an official time.
Scott did not cheat at this race or any other race (as far as I am aware).
Rock n Roll
Scott’s situation used to be commonplace at RnR events. In the past I would receive emails from runners informing me that they were picked up by the sweeper busses and that they were in the results. Generally, runners that don’t complete the full race don’t want to be in the results.
These runners were supposed to be in a special ‘diverted’ category. In practice, this rarely happened.
Rock n Roll now does a thorough job of removing the diverted and swept runners from the results. These runners are usually removed within 24 hours. We’ve had runners claim that they were not aware that they were diverted, and others that will say it would be impossible to not know that you are being diverted. I cannot speak to every instance or make an assessment regarding on course communication.
If you are a back of the pack runner (like me) it is your responsibility to know the course and the cutoff policy and cutoff times. Being aware of the policy will allow you to prepared if you are close to the cutoff.
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