Buzzfeed and HuffingtonPost Food and lifestyle blogger Jane Seo finished second-place in the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon last weekend with a time of 1 hour 21 minutes. She hit 6:15-per-mile pace. She was seen parading around the finish line grinning and gripping with her medal.
Unfortunately, for her a part-time marathon watchdog blogger Derek Murphy was on her and busted her for cheating, she cut 1.5 miles off her course while securing her 1:21:46 finish. Not only did she cut the course, she covered her tracks on a bike later that afternoon to throw off her GPS tracker.
Seo has now been disqualified for cutting the course, after being busted. You can find a long post on marathoninvestigation.com detailing her lies. She later posted a four-paragraph apology to her 34,400 Instagram followers.
“I made a HORRIBLE choice .. what an idiot I was!” she wrote in a post that's since been taken down. “I am extremely ashamed … I am so sorry everyone.”
Derek Murphy even showed photos taken right after the race, in which Seo watch displayed a covered distance of 11.65 miles, the course was a full two miles longer. When he checked her mile splits, he found that she ran the first 10 kilometers at a pace of 7:09 per mile; her speed increased on the back half, lowering her minute-mile pace to 5:25 on the back 11 kilometers.
Murphy then discovered that she had manually entered her splits on Strava (a website for runners looking to track their runs via GPS and post their maps and times) directly after the race. Seo went back and made another entry the same afternoon, this one linked to GPS, showing that she had run the entire course. However, upon reviewing her pace and heart rate, Murphy saw that her cadence better matched that of a bike rider than a runner.
|Jane Seo Article on Buzzfeed|
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