A quick follow-up, now that the story is all over the news (local and otherwise, including the Pace per Mile podcast) -
What happened at Sunday's race was that the women's first finisher was DQ'd because she took outside aid on the course. Apparently she had a biker who gave her drinks and nutrition several times on course, even after a course marshal told her that the practice was not allowed. Plus, runners apparently received five emails about the new policy prior to race day (I didn't, but I registered late). She was shooting for an OTQ, and I think the race directors realized that Sunday was the last day to run an OTQ time, so they tightened up on the rules (as far as I know, this rule was never explicitly stated in the past, and in fact, I asked permission to pace David at this race for his first marathon - just a few final miles - and my requested was granted).
There is a bit of a debate about the DQ online, and I can see merits to both sides of the argument:
1. She broke a clearly stated rule; she gets DQ'd.
2. If the race is going to have USATF regulations, they should also provide elite nutrition tables. The race currently has no elite program, and these policies will discourage elites from choosing this race as they can receive better support at other races. I hope in the future the Louisiana Marathon does make these changes, or they simply won't get a quality field.
But the bottom line is, she broke the rules and she was warned about them and yet continued to receive outside aid - so DQ it is. I'd waver a bit, perhaps, if she hadn't been warned, or if she'd actually hit the OTQ standard (she missed it) - that would make me feel pretty terrible for her! She DID state to the marshals that she'd spoken about it to the race director, but the director says this did not happen.
Meanwhile, in more positive news, I saw that the actual winner did get to break the tape - it just wasn't announced or anything, so she was more confused than we were! But good for her.