Brandon has never been a fast runner. Like many of us, it seems that his goal was just to finish the distance. He has run quite a few half marathons and marathons over the years. He even completed The Goofy Challenge at Disney in 2012. He ran The Half Marathon in in just under 3 hours, and the next day, he ran the full marathon in over 6 hours.
Nothing in his history suggests that he was capable of qualifying for Boston.
2018 Philadelphia Marathon
Brandon’s 2018 Philadelphia Marathon is an outlier.
Brandon has an official time of 3:08:XX at The Philadelphia Marathon. Prior to this race, he’s never broken broken 5 hours in any marathon, going back to 2003. Most recently he finished The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in over 7 hours.
Suspicions were raised simply based on his Philadelphia finish time. The suspicions were confirmed through the photographs. The Philadelphia runner was not Brandon.
I have no reason to believe that the “mule” ran with the intention of earning a BQ time for Brandon. It is likely that he purchased the bib from Brandon and that Brandon took advantage of the situation. Neither is without blame, but I don’t know that the Philadelphia runner took the bib with the intent of running a Boston Qualifying time for Brandon.
2020 Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon is a little over a month away, and Brandon is registered. He used a time that someone else ran while wearing Brandon’s bib. Brandon presumably took an entry away from someone that legitimately earned a spot.
I am forwarding the evidence to The BAA and to The Philadelphia Marathon. To be clear, I have been critical of The Philadelphia Marathon in the past. This incident was not Philly’s fault. I am confident that The BAA and Philly will act on this matter and that Brandon will not be able to permitted to participate in The Boston Marathon.
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