There was immediate suspicion regarding Jennifer’s result at The Sarasota Marathon. Her 3:39:51 would be a personal record. Her only result on Marathonguide.com is the 2021 Chicago Marathon where she finished in a time of 5:42:47. I found an article from 2013 referencing her time of 3:52:51 at The Foot Traffic Flat Marathon. Those results aren’t searchable and no splits are available.
She has participated in a number of Half Triathlons. Jennifer competed in Finland at The Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2023. I did analyze her Garmin data from her qualifier, and it appeared legitimate.
The Sarasota Marathon is a small race. There were 120 official finishers, including Jennifer. The course is two 13.1 mile loops with multiple turns along the way. There are no intermediate timing mats. This course would be relatively easy to cut, and it would be difficult to prove if someone did cut the course.
Jennifer posted videos and photos of her finish. She was very emotional. She also posted videos on the podium and with her medal and award for her overall placement.
Reasons for Suspicion
Initially people were suspicious because they did not think she was capable of this time. Her time is just under The Boston Qualifying standard for a 41 year old female. Adding validation to this skepticism was that her publicly posted GPS data was inconsistent with her claimed finish time.
Smoking Gun – Garmin Data
Her summary data below looks normal. Garmin Connect did show that the summary data was edited. I did learn from previous work that this isn’t necessarily proof of wrongdoing. Changing privacy, for example will result in Garmin Connect showing data as edited.
Digging further into her run, does however confirm that she edited her data.
If you look at her pace, it never approaches her supposed 8:22/mi. average. More importantly, her distance was clearly edited. The total of her splits shows 22.47 miles. She edited her total mileage to read 26.27 miles.
Luckily, I grabbed screenshots. Apparently, she was being questioned directly by others that were questioning her results. By Monday, her Garmin data was private. Without this data, there may not have been enough justification to issue the disqualification.
While her Garmin profile was public, I was able to view her progress in the map. It showed clearly where she cut. She turned around 2 miles early on the southern portion of the course, resulting in her being approximately 4 miles short of the marathon distance.
Jennifer was clearly claiming this result as legitimate. Her Facebook post celebrating her finish was recently removed. She received hundreds of congratulations and was accepting those kudos even after she was hiding and altering her Garmin data.
She also shared videos of her finishing, and a video of her crying was posted on Instagram with the caption “Pure Joy!”
The Final Straw
On Monday, the race director, Thierry Rouillard reached out asking my thoughts. By this time, Jennifer had made her Garmin profile private. I shared with him what was posted above and shared my opinion that she cut the course with 100%. certainty. We discussed the next steps. He reached out to Jennifer to ask for her evidence that she completed the course. As they say, ‘What Happened Next Was Shocking”
Jennifer sent Thierry a spreadsheet with her splits. Basically, she modified the actual splits which I shared above. A few splits matched, but she edited her slower splits and added splits for the miles that she was missing (didn’t run). The spreadsheet she presented as evidence was completely fabricated.
The sum of her actions, from the initial course cutting, to the claiming of a podium spot, and Boston qualifying time, and ending with her presenting fabricated evidence to the race has resulted in her being officially disqualified from the race. If not for her posting her GPS data, I would not have been able to recommend a disqualification.
As of today, Jennifer has officially been disqualified.
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