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Roderick Powell
RE: Frank Meza 2:53:10 at LA Marathon (70 years old) unoffical time (just finished)
This years LA Marathon splits are actually still very suspect. (way too fast for the first 15k of a 2:53:10 - 60:52 after giving up many seconds by starting 48 seconds back -- as though anyone planning on beating the own worlds fastest over 70 marathon would start that far back -- they would start as close as they could get to the start without getting run over) The questions are many, and the possible answers are many. The 37 minute 10k splits are obviously not something Frank could do. Any bib transfer would have involved a faster runner than Frank. I mentioned on an earlier post, a runner who ran 2:52:27. (Ali Arsan) He gets most improved as he ran over 4 hours the year before. He beat Frank, but because he started 1:14 after the gun went off..he finished 18 seconds behind frank by clock time. He missed the 10k 20k 25k and 40k mats. Could be coincidence, or could be not a coincidence. He also smiles way too much in his many photos. (just my opinion) We are searching for possible answers to prove Frank Meza to be the best 70 plus marathoner ever or not. I could run with him a few times and I would know the answer. (or maybe not) Ed Whitlock, remember mainly ran 20 mile runs through a cemetary. I do not know if Ed varied his pace. But he had the endurance. This is my 2 cents worth. (maybe 1 cent) I'm going on a few miles easy run. (doing a 10k Sat in Seal Beach Ca.- come join me , if your a fast 60-64 come beat me, I'll run maybe 42)

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