maybe this wrote:
I don't think this thread is over. Not by a long shot. An incomplete list of FM's races has over 60 races stretching back 3 decades, and there are results and photos and other evidence to scrutinize for at least 20 races over the last 5 years at least. Of those, maybe 4 races have gotten a careful analysis.
The race starts at 0:15 in the video, and with FM crossing the starting line 2:44 after gun time, that puts him at the start at 2:59 of the video. And sure enough, FM walks across the screen from 2:40 to 2:45, with some of his number (#1871) visible. So that would rule out his using a bib mule at the starting line. On the other hand, you can see just how many people start the marathon ahead of him. He's not dead last, but he's near the tail end.
Yeah, MaybeThis. Frank's a tricky guy.
The runner in front of Frank, #627, crossed the start line at 2:41 after the gun. Frank crossed at 2:44. So, I totally believe your math is correct. That's the one thing that's bothered me, though, about LA Marathon 2019. It started at Dodger Stadium. Getting to the 5K mat is no mean feat in 20 minutes, especially if you start a little late. Look at where it is. It's up on a hill, and the 5K mat is no straight line. This took some serious pre-planning.