Sorry for some overlap from my previous post, but this is what I sent to the LA Marathon people in 2015, right after their race:
I looked at your marathon on Sunday and noticed Frank Meza winning the 65-69 age group by a huge margin. I am a 66 year old runner from Canada who was scheduled to run California International 2014 but was unable to attend. Nevertheless, I checked the results from Sacramento to see how I would have fared. To my surprise a gentleman named Frank Meza did the run of his life, a 2:53. I was particularly surprised to note that after running 32km of a marathon, this gentleman cranked out a low 36 min last 10km. Although I am nearly as good a runner as this gentleman claims to be, there is no way in hell I or any other 65 year old could do a low 36 min 10km after doing a good 32km of a marathon. Or for that matter, a low 36 min 10km starting fresh! Of course it is disheartening to see people cheat at marathons and very discouraging for those of us who are busting our asses training to run real times. Think Ed Whitlock! Okay, despite knowing Meza cheated at Sacramento, I did nothing about it. What can one person do?
But guess what? Frank Meza pops up again at your marathon and again a spectacular time. But note the splits:
1 FRANK MEZA 1287 66 95 67 20:47 39:50 1:00:18 1:25:19 1:43:53 2:03:15 2:24:43 2:43:13 2:54:15 2:52:47 SOUTH PASADENA, CA
from 15km to 20km he has slowed to 25min 01sec.........from 35km to 40km he does 18min 30sec
So at this point, I went to the California International site to see if his splits from 2014 were still posted. Guess what? DISQUALIFIED!!!! subject did not appear on several video placements. So I guess some other diligent person was also suspicious and they nabbed this cheat. Hopefully you will do everything within your resources to ascertain where and how Meza cheated at Los Angeles, because I assure you, he did! I suggest you check with the California International organizers to find out exactly how he cheated in their race. Allowing this guy to cheat deprives other people of prizes they legitimately earn. Not to mention Meza’s fictitious times are scattered all over the internet at sites that collect fast masters times, and are not corrected to show that he was ultimately disqualified at California International.
To be truthful, I am now starting to wonder if ANY of his previous results, before he became lightning fast at age 65+ are legitimate. Who is checking? Not me since I don’t have the time for such a task. I even wonder if he is the age he claims to be. I know that no one has ever asked me to produce a birth certificate. What does it matter, you say? Well, apart from the people who are deprived of prizes and recognition for their honest efforts, there are records for age category runners. Only one human being on this planet has ever run a sub 3hr marathon past age 70, Ed Whitlock. Do you want his records to someday be broken by a slimeball cheater, worse yet....AT YOUR RACE.
I would be interested to know what action, if any, you are taking about this matter, if you have time to respond.
Remember, that was written in 2015 before Gene Dykes. The LA Marathon people did write back saying they were too busy to deal with such stuff. It's pretty funny that Ed and Gene's records were broken at their LA Marathon race four years after I suggested it could happen. Do I get an award for prescience?