I contacted the race director too - who was kind enough to forward Kip's 'explanation' for his race. The explanation was a bunch of nonsense and did nothing to persuade me he'd run the whole way. However, as the RD did with you, he told me he felt he didn't have enough to DQ Kip. There have been a number of other races where RD's felt the same way after looking over the evidence against him. Basically, they feel uneasy about being wrong and what Kip might do if he gets DQ'd - despite being presented with the fact he's been DQ'd in other races for reasons similar to their own event.
Study of K.Litton Running wrote:
None of us recall being passed by Litton and yet note the picture of him, late in the race, past mile 20, where he has somehow gotten in front of Danielle and Brian.
Here are links to pics of Litton walking across the finish line at Charlotte Thunder Road:
I exchanged emails with the race director who confronted Litton about this race, but as Litton hit all the mats and denied cheating, the director did not have enough evidence to DQ him."
It's not as easy as it may seem to DQ somebody. Some races are aggressive and can spot a cheat when they see one. Others aren't so sure of themselves and beg off. Fine. It's puzzling why they can't pull the trigger but it's not worth pursuing in Kip's case. Why, you might ask? The trail of cheating is long, weird, documented AND a story looms over his head. The story won't ignore the events where he cheated but wasn't DQ'd.