Frank Meza Biography – Frank Meza Wiki
Dr. Frank Meza was a 70-year-old retired physician, who set a record time for his age group in the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon before being disqualified from the race.
Meza was disqualified from the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon after appearing to set a new record for his age group. His time was questioned after he finished in 2 hours 53 minutes and 10 seconds — the fastest ever for a man his age.
Organizers of the race on June 28 accused Meza of leaving the course at one point and re-entering at another after conducting an investigation and reviewing video. Marathon officials awarded Dan Adams first place in the 70-74 age group. He finished with a time of 4:10:07.
A group of runners who operate a website called Marathon Investigation – tasked with maintaining the fairness and integrity of the races – decided to look into the matter after a number of people voiced their suspicion over Meza’s record-setting time. Marathon investigator Derek Murphy eventually discovered evidence that Meza had left the race course at some point during the sprint.
A further probe unveiled Meza’s history of being disqualified from California marathons in the past. In fact, investigators found that one such 5k (3.1 miles) sprint was covered by him in such a time period that would have broken the world record for that time in his age group.
Regardless, Meza maintained that he had simply left the course to find a bathroom and returned at the same point before resuming the race. Meza was a former Loyola High School assistant distance coach and also founded the Aztlan Track Club in 1974.
Frank Meza Age
He was 70 years old at the time of his death.
Dr. Frank Meza Death – Frank Meza Suicide
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Frank Meza, was found dead, lying in the shallow waters of Los Angeles River at around 10 a.m. in the Cypress Park area.
Frank Meza Wife
He was married to his wife Tina Meza. Tina said of her husband, “he had been running marathons for the last 30 or 40 years. He was very fast, quite fast, and now, unfortunately, he won’t run marathons anymore.”
Frank Meza Cause of Death
Although authorities did not disclose Frank Meza’s cause of death, they ruled out drowning as a possibility.