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A Huffington Post lifestyle writer and food blogger saw her blazing-fast marathon time go up in smoke after an investigation revealed she cut part of the 13.1-mile course.
Jane Seo — a 24-year-old Harvard-educated writer who covers food in New York and contributes to the Huffington Post — aroused suspicions after the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon on Sunday when an official noticed that her timing chip showed unusually fast miles throughout the second half of the race, the Miami New Times reports.
The official then confronted Seo, but she was able to persuade race director Matt Loraine to keep her listed as the second-place finisher with a time just under 1 hour and 22 minutes, a speedy pace of 6 minutes and 15 seconds per mile.
The mysterious results eventually caught the eye of Derek Murphy, a business analyst who has become the “world’s best internet sleuth” at busting cheating roadrunners. Murphy uncovered a photo of Seo at the race’s finish line that depicted her Garmin watch, which she used to keep her own time. After enlarging the photo, Murphy found that Seo’s watch matched her posted time but showed that she only covered a distance of 11.65 miles, or 1.45 miles short of the full half marathon.
That led Murphy to investigate Seo’s mile splits and he found that she ran the first 10 kilometers at a pace of 7 minutes and 9 seconds per mile, while increasing her speed to a blistering pace of 5 minutes and 25 seconds in the remaining 11 kilometers.
“Very few, if any, runners could shave a minute and a half off their splits in the second half of a race,” the Miami New Times reports. “But there was more evidence.”
Seo later posted on Strava.com — a social network for athletes — her mile-by-mile stats from the 13.1-mile course, which traced along Fort Lauderdale Beach for most of the stretch. But Murphy noticed that the records were more in line with a person riding a bicycle than someone running solely on their feet.
Seo, who did not return a message seeking comment from The Post, later admitted that she went back and biked the entire course to cover her tracks by GPS, the Miami New Times reports.
Murphy detailed his probe into Seo on his website, marathoninvestigation.com, where he posted an apology that Seo posted on Instagram late Monday.
“I made a HORRIBLE choice at the Ft. Lauderdale Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 20,” Seo wrote, according to Murphy’s website. “I wasn’t feeling well so I CUT THE COURSE and headed to the finish line. I got swept away in the moment and pretended I ran the entire course, when in fact I CHEATED and should have DISQUALIFIED myself.”
Seo has also lost her spot on the Dashing Whippets Running Team, a New York-based running squad.
“As some of you may be aware, one of our members intentionally cut the course at a Half Marathon this past weekend,” according to a statement on the group’s website. “The member in question has admitted to cheating, has been officially disqualified from the race, and has apologized to the DWRT Board.”
Food blogger is busted for cheating in half marathon by eagle-eyed viewer who spotted distance on her GPS watch was out - as she confesses to taking short-cut AND using a BIKE
By Karen Ruiz For Dailymail.com
14:35 GMT 25 Feb 2017, updated 23:53 GMT 25 Feb 2017
Jane Seo, 24, was caught cheating after placing second at Fort Lauderale A1A Half Marathon
Race analyst Derek Murphy found an incriminating photo of Seo's GPS watch
The picture shows Seo cut about one and half miles from her run on Sunday
The woman apologized on Instagram and admitted to taking a shortcut and then using her bike to make up the miles after the race
A New York food blogger was caught cheating in the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon when an eagle-eyed viewer found an incriminating photo of the runner after she had won second-place.
Jane Seo, 24, was disqualified on Sunday night after a race analyst, Derek Murphy, realized a picture of her watch did not match the total amount of miles included in the race.
Murphy found a photo of Seo after just having crossed the finish line, smiling with her second-place medal, he said in his analysis site, Marathoninvestigation.com.
Jane Seo, 24, (pictured with her medal) was caught cheating after placing second at the Fort Lauderale A1A Half Marathon on Sunday +11
Jane Seo, 24, (pictured with her medal) was caught cheating after placing second at the Fort Lauderale A1A Half Marathon on Sunday
A race analyst found a picture of her GPS watch did not match the total miles +11
A race analyst found a picture of her GPS watch did not match the total miles
A close-up shot of her watch shows Seo only ran 11.65 miles instead of the 13.1 miles in the half marathon +11
A close-up shot of her watch shows Seo only ran 11.65 miles instead of the 13.1 miles in the half marathon
Seo apologized on Instagram after she was caught and even admitted to making up the missing miles on her bike later on that day +11
Seo apologized on Instagram after she was caught and even admitted to making up the missing miles on her bike later on that day
He then zoomed into the picture to see Seo's Garmin GPS watch had been missing miles.
The 24-year-old had a total of 11.65 miles with a time of one hour, 22 minutes and seven seconds. About one and half miles were cut from her run which should have totaled 13.1 miles, Murphy said.