I think what we have is Rob is a decent ultra runner. He likes running, is capable of running around slowly for a while.
I really wonder what Rob and his crew was thinking. When did they make the decision to cheat? Did they start the race with good intentions but realize how utterly difficult it was?
Or did the team know from the get go they'd fake portions of it?
What's more mind boggling to me is that there's a group of them. Is Rob so likeable that he convinced the others that it would be okay and be a good idea?
My guess is that he's run a good portion of it, all the 9,10min+ segments. But his downfall is his ego.
He claims to be doing it 'for the kids' but the reality is his behaviors point towards a person who craves attention. The fabricating of his initial marathon story, the buying of twitter followers, the stealing a photo of some other dude and claiming it's himself, the constant wikipedia editing.
His ego made him want to seek notoriety.
It's also funny how all these cheating runner types also make classic mistakes. Since they really aren't good runners, they all make the mistake of overstating their PR's, paces, etc. Hobby joggers don't notice because to them, a 5min or 6min mile all seem plausible. But the running nerds of letsrun know plausibility of paces down to the second.
So when the RV gets impatient and drives 25mi at near his documented marathon PR, we know it's BS.
Anyways, it's a fascinating psychological study.