Found the story in the NewYorker and it led me to this thread. WOW! Never realized that many people were confused over how this guy could have cheated in Boston.
Why he went out of town? Well, the article said he's a dentist, so he's got money. If you raced local and cheated, you would be found out soon enough (as he apparently was in Michigan at a few races). When you go out of town/state, no one knows who you are and you will get away with it longer.
I live in the Boston area and those who say you can't cheat don't have a clue so please let me explain.
You could easily get to checkpoints with a car, but definitely a bike. You get off and act like you are walking along the course looking both back and down while crossing the pads. No one is going to question you as with no number exposed, you look like a bandit and there are tons of them.
Also no one is going to assume that you set off the pad because again there are dozens of runners going by and again, you have NO number exposed.
You then you walk off, go to your bike and through the side streets. How do I know that no one will question you? Because I did the same thing and no one questioned me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I had a number on, I could have easily ran from 20 on and then discarded my jacket as if I had it on the whole way. Simple.
How do I know this factually? I did it in 06' going from point to point to cheer on a friend who was shooting for a sub 2:50 (got there with a 2:54). I was also smart enough to use an older bike just in case but I didn't lock it to a tree, just leaned it.
I made it to every checkpoint and could have dumped the bike by the Prudential or the Reservoir off of Commonwealth and ran with him the rest of the way. The only hard part would be the last 2 miles or so, but even then at that pace, it would not be impossible.
After reading through just some of this thread I have to say "I see dumb people". Really, it's not that complicated and not worth giving him credit as if he's a magician. He cheated and I could have easily done it in 06' and I'm not a magician and never played one on television.
THAT'S HOW HE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!