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If you read the LA Times article and came here to see what all the hoopla is about, you're obviously not going to read the previous 3,500+ posts. Here is a summary of two anomalies that provide compelling evidence that Frank cut the course at the 2019 LA Marathon.
At one spot on the course, an automatic camera takes sequential photos about every 3 seconds. It's a long, straight road and due to a bottleneck of spectators on the course, runners can be seen as tiny specks approaching the camera from about 150 yards away. Frank is nowhere to be seen in these sequential photos until the very end when he appears from the sidewalk to jump in behind two runners. Again, these two runners can be seen as tiny specks in photo after photo as they approach the camera, yet Frank isn't seen until he jumps in right before the camera.
The runners just in front of Frank ran a very consistent pace, but they can be seen to outrun him significantly over the next three time-lapse photos. In fact, from those camera photos to the next timing mat 0.78 miles away, they outrun Frank by a staggering one minute 40 seconds!
To put that in perspective for nonrunners, Frank's pace when he is shown to be actually running is 47 minutes slower than his alleged race time.
Later, in the same race at the very next timing mat, a video shows a figure loitering on the side of the course for several seconds. That figure appears to be Frank Meza. Again, he appears to enter the course from the sidewalk. Again, he is outrun significantly by the runners near him. "Frank lost 9 seconds to this runner in approximately 32 seconds. For the entire marathon, Frank only finished 8 seconds behind the runner." -Marathon Investigation dot com. Again, Frank's pace when shown to actually be running is about 48 minutes slower than his alleged finish time of 2:53:10.
There are lots of other anomalies in this marathon and in previous marathons over the past 10 years. I don't have time to outline them all, but hopefully, some other posters will explain them.
Legitimate runners accused of cheating could quickly put the allegations to rest by inviting observers from the LA Times and LetsRun to a local track to watch (and video) him running at his marathon pace for a few miles. Any runner at Frank's alleged level could easily do this.