A number of Facebook fans have noticed that Allen Moore's speed between Forty Mile and Dawson was fairly remarkable:
Here's why: the Quest staff have said that not all teams were checked in and out of Forty Mile (which is not a checkpoint, but rather a hospitality stop), but that their software required that a time be entered, so they made something up when real data were missing. In Allen's case they entered a value that has to be considerably later than when he actually left. This means that he supposedly covered this distance in less time, which in turn means that he's calculated as traveling faster. The Quest website gives the distance as 48 miles between Forty Mile and Dawson. If he covered it in the roughly 3 hours that the Forty Mile time out allows, he indeed was moving over 16mph.
On the other hand, given the wacky time it's almost certainly the case that if we did the arithmetic to find out how fast he was traveling between Eagle and Forty Mile we might see that he was moving disturbingly slowly, so let's do just that. The Quest website gives the distance as 99 miles, which they say he covered in nearly 27 hours. That would put him traveling in the ballpark of 3.6mph to Forty Mile, which is considerably slower than his overall average speed and extremely unlikely.
I guess the good news is that we've found out that they're using software to calculate speeds rather than using error-prone humans. The less good news is that error-prone humans can always find ways to introduce odd things.
I think the bottom line is that the software needs to be smarter about dealing with missing data, but that's so often the case. Here's hoping that they fix this, as well as the web development company allowing Quest staff more control over what's on their website -- the Maren Bradley "scratch" at Two Rivers could have been taken down long before it was if the staff had more editorial control.
Anyway, missing data: blech.