Excellent question. Without Asher's heroism, nobody would have known of this scam and Rob would have received another world record.
I'm just what I think you guys would classify as a hobby jogger (I'm thrilled when my half marathon time is within 10 mins of 2:00, in either direction) and only aware of this whole situation thanks to the Deadspin article, but I'm enjoying the online sleuthing a great deal, so thank you much for that.
My question: it seems like there should have been red flags about this dude going off for years, and yet it took one guy going for a late night jog in a town with a population < 1,000 to blow it wide open. What took so long? Again, I'm about as far from possible as an expert, but even when I run a local 5K fun run (PR 25:16, suck on that, Franklin D Roosevelt) with like 100 participants, I'm super careful to cross over every speed check along the way for fear it will look like I took a shortcut to, I don't know, impress other flabby middle aged non-runners or something. How is this guy winning races of any significance and getting written up in real publications without any of this bubbling up to the surface before?
Anyway, thanks again for all the entertainment. Looking forward to the truth being exposed, whatever that may be.
I am wondering how many other Rob's there are?