Last week, reports surfaced that the woman who finished second at Fort Lauderdale’s A1A Half Marathon, 24 year-old Jane Seo, intentionally cut the course, yet crossed the finish line in 1:21:46. After celebrating her “achievement”, she took her GPS watch and went out to bike the course to create GPS data to back up her story and cover up her cheating.
How was Jane caught? Someone noticed discrepancies in her Strava entry about the race and tipped off Derek Murphy. Murphy, who no longer runs himself, has made a hobby, perhaps a living, out of analyzing race results and using other investigative techniques to bust recreational road race cheaters.
In Jane’s case, he bought a race photo showing her GPS display at the finish line and, upon looking at it at higher-resolution, saw the distance on the watch was 11.65, instead of 13.1. Since then, the story of Jane Seo has been published everywhere from Murphy’s website to the Washington Post and now here.
Which leads us to today’s question:
Who should be investigating road race cheating and what should the consequences for cheating be?
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