http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02 ... manno.html
A physical fitness enthusiast, Barwin ran the Boston Marathon in 2000. Though only a novice marathoner, he posted an excellent time of 3:17, 14th-best in his age group of men 60-69. He’d qualified for the lustrous Boston event with a time of less than three hours at the earlier Royal Victoria Marathon in B.C., his first-ever full 42k race.
Something wasn’t right about Barwin, as the Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor detailed in a lengthy investigative article. The reporter quoted from a letter Boston race director Guy Morse sent to Barwin three days after the event: “You failed to appear at multiple checkpoints along the marathon route. Please provide this office with any information that may be helpful to assist in authenticating that you did run the entire marathon course, including type of clothing worn, other visual identification, split times, companion runners, etc.”
Within a month, Barwin was officially disqualified. He would not be allowed to run the Boston Marathon again.
Yet a year later, Barwin was caught cheating again at the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa. He finished first in his age group with a time of 3:04. Evidence scrutinized later showed Barwin had failed to complete the second lap of the two-circuit route. The hernia problem had struck once more, he maintained afterward, so he’d pulled out near the midway point of the second lap. “I limped straight off the race. I assumed I wasn’t going to be included in the results.” He had, however, joined the race again one kilometre from the finish line, allegedly to run alongside a training partner. Barwin told the Citizen he’d informed officials that he hadn’t completed the course and asked to be removed from the results, though that couldn’t be confirmed.