Saturday, February 25, 2017

Huffington Post contributor is caught cheating in half-marathon after taking shortcut and using a bicycle

A Harvard-educated lifestyle blogger was caught cheating in the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon when an alert viewer found an incriminating photo of the runner after she faked finishing in second-place.

Jane Seo was disqualified 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 the smiling 24-year-old Huffington Post contributor after she just crossed the finish line, beaming proudly with her bogus second-place medal, he said in his analysis site,

He then zoomed into the picture to see Seo's Garmin GPS watch had been missing miles and figured the numbers just didn't match up. Seo didn't admit to the scam until the evidence was presented to her — but not before attending the awards ceremony to collect her second place trophy!

Seo 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. The race investigator also analyzed her pace and found her results showed she had been running at a faster speed for the remaining 11 kilometers, when most runners begin to slow down.

As he further analyzed her time, Murphy said Seo cut the course about 3/4 of a mile from the turnaround meaning she cut a total of one and half. After the race Seo logged data into Strava, a mobile app for runners, which did not include any GPS data, Murphy wrote.

The deceitful Seo — who once wrote an article titled: How I Learned to Love Running, One Race at a Time — admitted to the fake news finish and said she covered her tracks by cycling the distance and submitted another entry that showed she completed the race. 

Seo has since then claimed she wasn't feeling well during the race, posted an apology to Instagram and deleted an account of her "run."

And the bike just happened to be conveniently placed there.

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