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RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

apersson wrote:

Sorry, maybe should have checked his time before saying that. What was it? I just remember being impressed at the time that he had taken a day off from race across USA and ran it in what seemed a pretty decent time including the interview which I watched, then flew back to the States to complete two marathons in a day to make up.

He ran London Marathon 2015 in 3:07. He was running Race Across the USA at the time. I've looked at his splits, photos, and results and I don't see anything immediately unusual about his time, pace, or results for that.

It is odd that he shoots off the start so quickly and then fades drastically in his 3 certified marathons. We're not just talking about running 20 or 30 seconds per mile faster than he should, but like 80 or 90 seconds faster than he should. Really odd racing behavior. He should know the distance but he keeps starting with a pace that is not sustainable for even 10K for him.

We need to clarify. Rob seems like a competent runner. 3:07 in London is a decent marathon time for a recreational runner, especially while participating in the Race Across USA. And he can probably run 26 miles a day for day upon day at a slow pace. But his claims about his first 3 marathons in his book are ludicrous. And there is still no evidence that he was ever a pro cyclist. And the videos of the RV without him running are damning.

It sounds like some of the other claims are distortions and exaggerations. Sounds like he did participate in the 2004 ITU World Championships Triathlon in Sweden, but he didn't get a bronze medal. He was 10th out of 15 in his age group.

Sounds like the 10K PR (30:47) he claims on his website was actually a 7K split from a duathlon. (Someone else mentions that somewhere buried in this long thread.)

The immediate issue in this long thread is that Rob Young claims he is running across America at record pace, but at least some of it, he is riding in his RV instead.

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