Ed Elsner has completed over a 20 Ironmans and 40 marathons, he even has an impressive personal best time of 3:11:46 in the marathon. Just recently he was disqualified from the 2018 Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon in which he was a pacer. Further suspicion of course infractions has since been raised by MarathonInvestigation.com.
Elsner’s 2017 and 2018 runs in Phoenix raised some red flags. In 2017, he posted a PB of 3:11:46 in Pheonix. However, he missed the 32K checkpoint and posted exponentially faster race splits. Then in 2018, Elsner posted a 3:18:28, missing a checkpoint matt and posting unusually fast splits.
Phoenix Marathon results (BQ – Boston Qualified)
- 2013 3:49:35
- 2014 3:43:41
- 2015 3:25:18 (BQ)
- 2016 3:41:19
- 2017 3:11:46 (BQ)
- 2018 3:18:28 (BQ)
Race Splits (1st half)
- 2015 – 1:40:34 1st half
- 2016 – 1:39:24 1st half
- 2017 – 1:30:08 1st half: In the 2nd half, he ran 1:41:38.
- 2018 – 1:28:01 1st half: In the 2nd half, he ran 1:50:28.
Technology is not perfect, but his results do seem to get slower from 2014 to 2018, with the exception of the Phoenix and San Diego marathons. What is most interesting is his San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon results. In 2016, he posted a 20:25 split from kilometre 21.1 to 32. Again in 2018, his pace significantly increased from 21.1 to 32K splits. For the 2018 race, Elsner was also a race pacer for the four-hour runners; his finishing time was 3:52:57. Elsner was later disqualified, following his unusual race split (suggestive of course cutting). He explains he gave his medal back following the race. However, he claims to be innocent of cheating at the Phoenix marathon.
Elsner did provide an explanation of his results to the marathon investigation article.