Here's the deal. In America we are ok with a little cheating. But not a lot. So the fact he went legit and that people are tracking him like a "witch hunt" make him the victim.
Fact: he's not able to run the paces claimed in the beginning.
Here's the weird part of it for me... Outside of his blindly devoted disciples: if he would have run across America visiting the awesome geological sites it would be so much better to follow and marketable. Then who cares if you hop in for 20 miles here or there?
For instance... If he started at Big Sur, went through Yosemitee, Moab, up to Yellowstone, ended up going through Gettysberg. He'll maybe stop and mom and pop Resturants along the way. Make a documentary of it. Not for a record but because it's a cool thing to do.
Instead the run the boring, dangerous interstate.