Rosei Ruiz, the runner who won the 1980 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:31:56 (third-fastest time for a woman in history, for a few days passed away on July 8,2019. Ms. Ruiz, a secretary in a commodities firm, was a surprise winner for a number of reasons, the most compelling one being because no one had seen her at the race checkpoints. Then, a free-lance photographer who was covering the New York City Marathon in 1979 recalled that she had been on the subway with Ms. Ruiz who said that she had dropped out of the race at mile 10 because of an injured ankle. However, Ms. Ruiz was recorded as having finished that NYC Marathon in 2:56:33.
WHen Ms. Ruiz could not answer questions about her training and how she was able to lop off 25 minutes on her time over the course of one year. She could not explain it, and did not seem to know what interval training is. The Boston officials examined 10,000 photographs and then nullified the race because they could not find her in the photos. Ms. Ruiz maintained to the end that she had won the race. She was permitted to keep her medal; the race officials had a second meal made for the real winner. A friend said that she admitted to him that she had cheated. RIP as the founder of new marathon checks, balances, and foils for cheaters.