The 2 quotes below, from the New Yorker interview are, to my mind, hilarious.
He admits that the bib is underneath, but doesn't explain why as no serious runner would do that race after race. He implies that being shown in a picture in the center of the road means he wasn't trying to avoid photos. No shit sherlock! You would WANT to show up somewhere in a photo while running, bib hidden or not. I really wonder who he thinks he's fooling?
The second quote is even funnier. He was warming up and got too far away from the starting line.
1) He's got his trainers on minutes before the start of a marathon...yeah right.
2) He randomly left his racing shoes on the side of the road and took off to warm up in his trainers? Out of all the marathons that I've run, I always wear my trainers and just leave my expensive racing shoes on the side of the road expecting to change into them before the start and run back to my car(:):)) to put them away for safe keeping. Sure he did
3) He then stopped as he ran by, knowing exactly where they'd still be, took off his trainers, put on his racing shoes, and left his trainers there?
I'ver heard some tall tales in my years, but that's one of the biggest loads of crap I've ever heard.
Quote Number 1
“The bib is still underneath but I am in the middle of the road,” he wrote, triumphantly and accurately. “If I was trying to ‘avoid photos’ or ‘not be recognized as a race entrant’ why would I be in the middle of the road this time between other runners?”
Quote Number 2
Regarding his mid-race shoe change at Deadwood: “I was doing my warmup, and I got too far away from the starting line. As I was running back toward the starting line . . . I still had on my trainers. I couldn’t get back to where my shoes were, and then back to the start of the race, so I just started the race in those shoes. And, as I ran down the race course, when I passed my shoes I stopped and swapped them out.”
The lesson, anyone can do what he did and make up the excuses that he has, but to a normal thinking person, they are plausible reasons, don't add up, and are lies.
When you start as far back as he did at the Solstice, over a hundred people would have saw him blowing by and that's being conservative. NONE did, not one, including a top Michigan Master runner who he finished ahead but to my knowledge has never come forward to say he remembers being passed by him, which if he started that far back, HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO PASSED HIM!
Translation: He cheated and was disqualified.