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fred wrote:

The Guardian:

"And yet, according to posts on Young’s blog documenting his progress, the first weeks of Young’s run were dominated by 70-mile and 80-mile days. Photos of Young looking relaxed and confident accompanied his updates, which raised suspicions in a mailing list for professional runners, Ultra List.

“[His] tracker and GPS data are cans of worms,” Robert Lopez wrote to Ultra List subscribers. “There is a day that Rob’s RV got stuck in the desert. The location is known. [...] Whether he legged out the 40-plus road miles or somehow orienteered his way through the brush without navigational aids, [his] time is incredible. And I mean that in the literal sense.”

Delmott went to meet Young, only to find his RV driving slowly down the road with no runner in sight

Young made running across America look easy. Too easy, many skeptics argued on Among the criticisms were detailed analyses of Young’s claims, including speeds that had never been achieved before.

“As he was claiming really big mileage, the doubts grew,” said Wouter Hamelinck, a Belgian ultrarunner. “Either he was exaggerating or he was throwing in world-class performances. For me, the most damning part is that his run totally changed after he knew that he was in the spotlight.”"

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