sparky polastry wrote:
This may already have been addressed, but does anybody have a theory about when in the course of his career he began to cheat?
3/22/2009 3:19:59 Pasadena
I think he got back into racing with the goals of going to Boston and going back to Pikes Peak with his son. He had a bad race at Boston but continued to train and improve leading up to Pikes Peak 2009, where he legitimately won his age group. That was probably quite a thrill, and probably also the turning point that led him to start cheating at his home races to recreate the image of Frank the champion for his friends/co-workers/hs runners.
Seems 3:19:59 2009 Pasadena is the earliest of his fraudulent marathons to be covered by a photo company.
As usual Frank is overdressed compared to everyone else and 3:19:59 is damned impressive even for a shorts and singlet wearing, skinny, highly trained 60 year old, so definitely not ligit coming from Frank.
If it's possible for the super sleuths to scrape MarathonFoto's for off course shots of Furtive Frankie this would be a good early one to start with: