After The LA Marathon announced the disqualification of Frank Meza, the story has been picked up nationally. The New York Post, People Magazine and others have reported on the evidence and the disqualification of Frank.
Despite The LA Marathon’s findings, and the evidence presented here that Frank did not run the full 2019 LA Marathon, Frank still denies that he cheated. He claims publicly that he will run again. In the latest LA Times article, Frank says he will run The 2020 LA Marathon with an observer to prove that he can run a marathon in under 3 hours.
Frank Off The Course in LA
Frank seems to be a creature of habit. A letsrun poster by the name of ‘deadesq’ has been able to uncover photos of Frank just prior to the 10 kilometer timing mat at Echo Park during The 2015 and 2017 LA Marathons. It was previously reported that Frank was seen off the course in this same location during The 2019 LA Marathon.
2015 LA Marathon – 2:52:47
The 2015 LA Marathon was the result that initially brought Frank to my attention. On a very hot day, he ran some unbelievable splits.
A runner is seen running against the course flow along the path adjacent to the course at Echo Park just prior to the 10k checkpoint. Zooming in on the photo even further, we can determine that it is highly probable that this runner is Frank. He appears in course photos shortly after the above photo, but he now appears in his singlet. The distinctive white stripe on his shorts, shoes, black socks, watch on his right wrist, hat, and hair all appear consistent.
2017 LA Marathon – 2:57:30
Again, Frank was captured off course at Echo Park.
Frank was also captured off course, at another location, on Rodeo drive, at mile 17.
2019 LA Marathon – 2:53:10
As previously reported, Frank was also seen off the course in the usual Echo Park location.
Frank on A Bike? – 2014 SF Marathon – 2:59:40
As I was putting this article together, a bombshell was dropped by a letsrun.com poster who went by the username “frank on a bike?”
Just for the heck of it, I picked a race from Derek’s list of Frank’s finishes that I had not seen a lot of analysis on: the 2014 San Francisco Marathon where he had a chip time of 2:59:41. I looked at pictures of runners who had approximately the same clock time. I came across this picture of runner 185, who had a clock time of 3:05:52 compared to Frank’s clock time of 3:04:00. Take a look at the biker in the background.
The picture of the rider on the bike matches Frank’s appearance. The shoes, the hat, socks, etc. when looking at the original version blown up, there is no doubt it is Frank. On the bike he has a long sleeve shirt on. In the photos near the finish (the only photos of Frank running), he has a shirt wrapped around his waist.
In the next article I plan to analyze Frank’s Long Beach Marathon Results. The evidence is similar in nature to what has been presented regarding Los Angeles. As long as Frank continues to claim that he has been unjustly disqualified, and that he has never cut a course (or rode a bike along a course), I feel it is necessary to present all the evidence that is available.
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