Doesn't it seem all these cheats are working from the same playbook?
From a 1981 Neil Amdur NY Times article about Rosie Ruiz:
Almost one year after she became a household word, Rosie Ruiz still insists that she ran the Boston Marathon from start to finish. But the publicity generated by her alleged fraud in that race, she says, has made the ensuing months almost unbearable.
"I do feel as strongly as I did last year," Miss Ruiz said yesterday of the truthfulness of her position. "A little more worn-down perhaps. It's been a long year."
Like the peerless Frankie vowing to run L.A. in 2020 with an observer, Ruiz also claimed she would run another marathon after Boston to prove her bona fides. This was supposedly going to be the low-key Green Mountain Island Marathon in Vermont. However....From the same Amdur article:
Four days before the race, while running on the Upper West Side, Miss Ruiz said, she tripped on a curb and was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital, where she was treated for a hip injury.
"Any kind of tendinitis takes a while, " Miss Ruiz said. "I have been running 50 to 60 miles a week now, but very easy. The doctor feels that until the condition clears up, I shouldn't try to run a marathon."
Big surprise. Ruiz never raced again, and neither will Frank.
P.T. Barnum once famously said "There is no such thing as bad publicity." At this point Frank would beg to differ.