On Groundhog Day, the marathon runners of The 2020 Warm Up Columbus Marathon ran 26 one mile loops (plus one partial loop) to earn their marathon medals.
The preliminary results showed the winner finished with a time of 2:45:13, about three minutes ahead of the second place finisher. The runner is a 20 year old who competes collegiately in cross country and triathlons.
When the results showed the final rankings, at least one runner was surprised. “I definitely passed him three times or more.”
The runner’s time, on a very windy day, was a 13 minute improvement over his time in the same race last year.
The Splits Don’t Lie
His splits were wildly uneven, and not at all realistic. He ran the 6 mile stretch from 17.22 to 23.22 in a time of 30 minutes and 54 seconds, a pace of 5 minutes and 9 seconds per mile.
His best 5k race times are all over 18 minutes – about 6 minutes per mile.
The legitimate top 3 males are as follow:
Despite the overwhelming evidence, and at least one eyewitness, he has not admitted to cutting the course. At this point, he is also not fighting the disqualification. I checked some other results, and there was no evidence that he has cheated before this race.
On social media, we got a possible peak as to the motivation behind the course cutting: This was posted by a family member.
Last year….. missed qualifying for the Boston Marathon by 7 seconds. Today he clinched a spot in both the 2021 Boston and New York City marathons
Thanks to attentive runners and a vigilant race director, the runner will not be using this time to run in New York City or in Boston. I am respecting the wishes of the race, and I am not publicly naming this runner. I will continue to monitor any of his future races.
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