Otherwise it gives FM wiggle room to keep lying. And for some reason that bugs me.
It really bugs me too! Nobody seems to be willing to step up and bluntly say "Frank Meza is a lying cheater!" However, as this goes on and more and more photos come out and Frank continues to lie and deny, this will get bigger and bigger coverage... Eventually, I expect some national TV coverage and maybe an article or two in some national magazine's etc.
Great work Derek, deadesq and others!
I agree with you guys. I think the statement is too technical-sounding and carefully-worded, and doesn't adequately get across the fact that he WILLFULLY cheated. For convenience, here is the statement.
"After an extensive review of original video evidence from official race cameras and security cameras at retail locations along the race course, Conqur Endurance Group has determined that Dr. Frank Meza violated a number of race rules during the 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, including re-entering the course from a position other than where he left it. The video evidence is confirmed by a credible eyewitness report and our calculation that Dr. Meza’s actual running time for at least one 5K course segment would have had to have been faster than the current 70-74 age group 5K world-record [an impossible feat during a marathon]."
A lot of people who have been following this thread might be going along with the statement and saying, yes, yes, that pretty much sums up what he did. But I'm trying to look at it from the perspective of the non-runner who casually reads the story. All it specifically says he did wrong was "Re-entering the course from a position other than where he left it". That's it? I mean, if you didn't know better, you might think that was just something nit-picky, like he pulled off the road diagonally to use a porta-potty, then cut the tangent back onto the course, rather than re-entering the course at the exact spot he exited.
They also list the reason for DQ'ing him as the fact that he ran a 5k segment faster than the age-group WR for 5k. But that's not a violation! If I had no knowledge of competitive running, and I heard that part, I'd be like, so? What's wrong with setting a 5k record AND a marathon record?
I think it could have been worded much more convincingly: i.e. "Frank Meza clearly cheated in the LA Marathon by cutting off large chunks of the course (presumably the vast majority of it) and then turning up every few miles to trigger the timing mats". Instead, it gives the impression that he might have been DQ'd for some nit-picky technicalities, and who knows, maybe he would have got the record anyway if he'd followed the rules to a T?