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The Curious Case of Serial Course Cutter Richard Perza

Richard Perza was one of the runners that I was tracking this past Sunday at The Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon. Unsurprisingly, he missed the 10k and the 16.5 mile mats. The above screenshot was taken from the tracking app during...

Follow up on Honolulu Marathon and Geri Berger

Honolulu Marathon On Tuesday, I was critical of The Honolulu Marathon, and their refusal to publish the full results. They made bib number, and name required fields to pull up an individual's splits. I made the decision to publish the...

Complete Honolulu Marathon Results File Available Through Marathon Investigation

The Honolulu Marathon has made it extremely difficult for the average person to check the results, beyond their own. In order to pull up another runner's results, you need to know their name and bib number. Originally they also required...

Fitness Pro Sets Dangerous Example While Claiming Questionable Finish at Honolulu Marathon

Geri Berger was one of the over three hundred runners that I flagged for potential course cutting at the 2018 Honolulu Marathon. She did not qualify for Boston. But I feel that her story is worth highlighting. She makes her living...

Honolulu Marathon – Over 300 Runners Flagged in Initial Review

There is course cutting in every marathon. The problem of course cutting is not unique to Honolulu. If the course has sections that can be cut, some runners will do just that. What is unique is that after I reported...

Chinese Marathon Boom Leads To Organizational Issues and Potential Cheating

There's a running boom in China. The number of runners competing in Marathons has increased at a rapid pace in China over the past decade. NPR reported that in the 6 years prior to 2017, the number of Marathons in...

Over 250 Runners Caught Cheating at Shenzhen Half Marathon Is Not a Shock

The story of over 250 Chinese Half Marathoner's being disqualified has made the rounds internationally. The sad reality is that having this many runners cutting a course in a large race is not at all surprising. It is normal. While I typically...

More Age Group Cheating Revealed in Sin City

Last Week I wrote about course cutting affecting women's age group awards in Las Vegas at The Half Marathon. Since then, a deeper dive revealed more... I wrote about the runner on the left last week. She was the 2nd...

Philadelphia Marathon – Analysis Nabs Bib Swapper with Age Group Win

When I do a deep dive review of marathon results, I employ a variety of methods.  The method that I use the most often is looking at split data. I look for missed splits, especially when coupled with a...

Philadelphia Marathon Course Cutting Detected in Initial Review

The problem is not unique to The Philadelphia Marathon. Large Marathons are all going to have their share of attempted cheating. The issue I've had with Philadelphia is that they have been very inconsistent in dealing with the cheating. Last...
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