Yes, you are correct and that's the main crux of the "why" he did it. The older you are, the more impressive it looks to be one of about 2.5% of people who break 3 hours each year. The guy, in my opinion, has a major insecurity problem, gasping for the approval of others.
Do you remember the first time you broke 3 for the marathon? The excitement seeing the clock w a 2 on it as you approached the finish! Now people in your community, your friends and family think of you as not just a good runner but a great runner. Now imagine if u are one of those people who just can't make it there. You want desperately to be that guy, the sub 3 guy.
I've run in the 2:30's and to me, it's nothing as I know what the really gifted runners do who can run sub 2:20 and beyond, well beyond.
Anyone who "honestly" ever trained with him would know if he could handle 2:50-3:00 pace for 26.2 miles. People who can't complete a relay with honor, or a 10 miler with honor, don't have a lot of credibility in my book.
I ran the Crim when I was 16 years old, with 1,000's less runners than Kip had the year that he went off course. I broke 60 minutes and had less runners to follow. I'm not from Flint and was only 16, how come I didn't get lost on the course with less people to follow?
As I said, I'd have asked him some much tougher questioned after softening him up and then he would have bolted, case closed. Innocent people would not walk, they'd stay to explain and profess their innocence.
Innocent people stay around for their awards, not bolt for fear of being questioned while the race is still fresh in the minds of those who just ran and have serious doubts about being passed by him.
Because he was outed with hard evidence, he'll come clean one day claiming that it was all a joke...which is BS. He got caught and knows he can't explain away all of the BS.