Still, questions lingered. LetsRun user deadesq continued to comb through and flag suspicious photos of Meza at various marathons, and L.A. Marathon organizer Conqur Endurance Group conducted an investigation of its own. When asked if he had an explanation for the odd 5K time, Meza said, “I don’t know. I wish I did.” Conqur announced the results of that investigation late last week, ruling that Meza had most likely cut the course:

After an extensive review of original video evidence from official race cameras and security cameras at retail locations along the race course, Conqur Endurance Group has determined that Dr. Frank Meza violated a number of race rules during the 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, including re-entering the course from a position other than where he left it. The video evidence is confirmed by a credible eyewitness report and our calculation that Dr. Meza’s actual running time for at least one 5K course segment would have had to have been faster than the current 70-74 age group 5K world-record [an impossible feat during a marathon].


Meza told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to run the 2020 L.A. Marathon with an official observer and show the world he can break three hours. LetsRun and Marathon Investigation might be done digging through some of his old race results by the time that race comes around again.