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Marathon Investigation – Weekly Wrap Up

I am going to try to write an update every Friday regarding site news, summaries of articles posted earlier in the week and any relevant updates. I also will do quick write ups on topics that don't warrant full articles....

Couple Cuts Courses and Forges Bib to Run Boston Marathon

This article was originally posted in April, 2016. I am updating this because both of The Donnelly's have registered for the 2017 Boston marathon. Presumably they are using their times from the 2015 Surfer's Point Marathon.9/22/16I have received confirmation...

Course Cutting Doctor Disqualified From USA Fit Marathon – No Longer has a Boston...

Last week I wrote about Dr. Leonard Raphael. He has had multiple marathons where he registered Boston Qualifying times, and in every case where splits are published, he missed mats. He also has been disqualified from the 2014 and...

Richard Perza – 2016 RNR Arizona – 8th questionable result

It would appear that Richard Perza has once again cut the course in the RNR Arizona Marathon.Once again he has no splits. This is the 8th marathon that he has missed splits while posting a BQ time. The only...

Marathon Investigation Announces Partnership Program

  When I started my blog in 2015, I had no idea my site would gain so much attention. I thank all of you for contributing, sending tips and sharing my posts. Within the last year, I have had several inquiries from...

Ramon De La Rosa – Oakland Running Festival – Multiple Questionable Results

Runner Has Multiple Questionable Times - Oakland Running Festival/San Jose Rock 'N Roll 1/2 MarathonI started investigating this based on a comment posted on the blog through a reddit post on Mike Rossi.There's been discussion about somebody named Ramon...

Doctor Has a History of Disqualifications and Missed Mats on Boston Qualifying Runs

Dr. Leonard Raphael has run Boston 5 times since 2010. He has used The Austin Marathon and Bryan/College Station Marathon as his qualifier for all of his Boston runs.Splits for the qualifying runs are not available prior to the...

Gia Alvarez Issues an Apology and Takes Responsibility

I will give credit to Gia Alvarez (RunGiaRun) for owning up to both giving her bib away and registering for Boston 2016 using that runner's time.There are couple of lessons to be learned here. The first is that Boston...

Course Cutting at Kiawah Results in Age Group Win

2016 Kiawah Island Marathon Map (Click to Enlarge)I have identified runners that have seemingly cut the course in Kiawah in the past. The course has changed over the years, but on a relatively small island, it is pretty much...

Bib Forger Causes Outrage Amongst Charity Supporters

Almost as soon as the Boston Marathon was over, I started receiving tips from runners about suspected bib swappers, and runners that saw someone on the course that didn't seem capable of earning their bib #.Today, I started to...
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