After The Boston Marathon, I typically hear from runners that spot others in their tagged photos, wearing copied or forged bibs. In this situation, the runners managed to out themselves. It appears that the 3 women in the above picture all used copied/forged bibs to run The 2017 Boston Marathon. I cannot speak to the other runner. I have not been able to identify him – his bib is not visible, and he is not tagged in any of the photos that were posted on Facebook and Instagram.
The tip initially came in regarding the Facebook post shown above. The first thing I do in these situations is to try to determine whether the runner pictured was wearing the actual bib or a copy.
I found that she seemed to be running the entire race with another runner, shown wearing bib # 28099.
The runner wearing bib #28099 is not the owner of that bib. I also was able to determine that both bibs were indeed copies. I determine this by checking other photos and the times of other visible runners. While the true owner of bib #28099 is not tagged in any photos, I was able to spot that runner in finish line photos based on his time of day finish – his bib was not clearly visible.
I also found a 2nd runner wearing a COPIED version of bib #28493. I could not determine if there was any relation between the runner pictured below and the other runners with the copied bibs.
Additionally, the third woman pictured in the group photo at the top of the article does not show up in the marathon results. She is pictured wearing a medal, but her bib is obscured.
I also do not know if the male photographed in the group picture used a copied bib or if he had a legitimately acquired bib.His bib # is not visible, and he is not tagged in the photographs – so I can not look him up by name.
The two bib #s that were visible are charity bib #s. In order to obtain a charity bib legitimately, there is typically a requirement to raise at least $5,000 for your committed charity. These runners bypassed this requirement. The charity program is a big part of The Boston Marathon. In 2016 for example, The Boston Marathon Fundraising raised $30.6 Million through the 2016 race.
I am aware of the identities of the 3 women in the group photo. I will notify the B.A.A. They can choose whether to notify the charities associated with the bibs. Also, if those charities were to reach out to me, I would share the information with them. Any attempts to name the runners in the article comments will be removed.
I have reached out to the 3 runners that I have positively identified for comment. I am curious as to the methods they used to obtain the bibs. With 2 seemingly unconnected runners wearing the same copied bib #, it is my theory that there is someone selling forged bibs. I found no evidence that the true owners of the bibs were involved or contributed to this in any way.
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