Completely agree. I'm looking at printed results of 1970 Mission Bay (San Diego) Marathon (which I still have because I won it in 2:22, couldn't resist the shameless plug, sorry!) Anyway, among 53 who ran 3:03 or faster were no fewer than 26 teenagers, mostly guys coming off X-C (race was in January) who did a long run or two and just jumped into the marathon. Included two 14 year olds (2:55, 2:56), three 15, five 16 (incl. Mike Baer, 2:37:12 for 9th, one place ahead of Doug Schmenk who later was U.S. champion and ran 2:14). Really, if you're young and in any kind of shape 2:5x is nothing. Completely plausible that Ryan could have done it without being running-obsessed, then gotten hazy on the details. IMO most of the posters here are pussies.