Long Beach 2014 was a much bigger marathon, with 2777 finishers. Still, Frank was 30th overall. The winner's official start time was 5:59:46. The guy who finished one spot ahead of Frank had a start time one second behind the overall winner; the guy finishing one place behind Frank had a start time of 5:59:58, so 12s behind the overall winner.
Frank's start time is 6:01:52--more than two minutes behind the overall winner and the guys who finished on either side of him. He crossed the start line around the 4-hour marathoners, people running 2:00+ minutes/mile slower than him. He did negative split his halves (1:31:21/1:29:33) and hit 5k in 21:52, a little slow for his 6:54 average pace. So maybe he started that far back to make sure he didn't go out too quickly?
Golgi Body wrote:
Roderick - I see you've switched sides yet again. It's like you're playing some kind of odd game of Devil's Advocate.
Santa Clarita Marathon 2017 results are interesting. In a race with 243 finishers, Meza took 1:49 just to cross the starting line! With a couple of hundred participants, you can't even say he started "back in the pack". Everybody would have been long gone before 1:49 had passed. So that's some more sketchy behavior.
He did the same thing at the Pasadena Half: started with 3 bandits who averaged 8:30 pace, as seen in the early photos, then managed to average 6:30 pace for the race. Then finished, turned around, and handed his bib to one of the bandits running 8:30 pace. This doesn't necessarily constitute cheating, but it sure is some very odd pacing strategy.