The elements at The 2018 Boston Marathon led to more timing issues than normal. The BAA is working through the known issues.
  • “Retro Bandit” Information is Confirmed

    The ‘Retro Bandit” appeared in photos from The Boston Marathon from 2016 through 2018. After I wrote about him, some held out hope that there was another explanation – that he wasn’t truly a bandit. Maybe he had a real bib, but for some reason also carried the 1996...
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    Course Cutting at The 2018 Boston Marathon

    Nearly every race I review has some instances of course cutting. Boston is no different. The weather played a part. DNFs were up vs. 2017. Some runners were unable to finish. Unfortunately, not all of those runners completely accepted the reality of their DNF. Some traveled further down the...
  • How Not To Finish A Marathon

    Last year I asked the question, Not Cool, or Not a Big Deal? I came across this video of The Boston Marathon. I don’t need to even ask the question. This video was captured from NBC Sports live finish line feed     It wasn’t enough he decided to selfishly...
  • The Boston Marathon’s Retro Bandit?

    Every year I see bib copying, bib forging, and I’ve seen runners using their previous year’s bib to get onto the course. This is partially possible due to the unchanged design of the Boston Marathon bib over the past few years. In the age of photoshop and all the...
  • 2018 Boston Marathon First Look At The Data

    Looking Ahead to The 2019 Boston Marathon The below data is based on the preliminary results of The 2018 Boston Marathon. The conditions were miserable. The wind was strong and the rain/sleet was challenging. Last year was a scorcher. The results were surprisingly similar for those that finished. Average...
  • If The Boston Marathon Wants To Stop Bib Copying They Must Do More

    The B.A.A. asks participants not to post close-up pictures of their bib number on social media before the race to avoid fraudulent bib duplication. If an athlete is found to have duplicated a bib number, or if his/her bib number has been duplicated by another party, the athlete will...
  • Runners With Questionable Qualifiers Allowed To Run in Boston

    Despite My best efforts, and the efforts of those that report suspected cheaters. I know that we cannot prevent all those that cheated in their qualifiers from running Boston.  I try to identify as many as is possible from entering Boston. Sometimes cheating is suspected, but there is nothing...
  • Runner Has Bib Revoked Less than 3 Weeks Prior To Boston Marathon

      The runner qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon at The Light at The End of The Tunnel Marathon. The ‘Tunnel Marathons’ are among the fastest marathon courses and popular among those that want to qualify for Boston. He qualified for Boston with a time of 3:24:xx. He ran...
  • What Not To Do at Boston (Or Any Race)

    Don’t Let Someone Else Run With Your Bib This should go without saying. But, this is the most common method that is used to run Boston among those that I identify each year. Also, this doesn’t just mean that you shouldn’t sell or give your bib to another runner....
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