2017 Boston Bib Swappers Identified – Risk Possible Boston Bans

Boston Marathon

I have been working on the 2017 Boston Marathon results to identify those that may have cheated to gain entry. I’ve come across a couple of likely cases of course cutting. I am digging for more evidence before I publish anything regarding those runners.

Early analysis seems to show that we were able to detect the most obvious cheaters before they got into Boston. Many of these runners had their bibs taken away before the race, or they were never able to enter in the first place.

I reported on a repeat offender  – a runner that used bib mules to run Boston in 2015 and 2017.

Here are a couple of instances of bib swapping: It really is not worth giving away or selling your bib. If you do so you risk being banned from future Boston Marathons.


The runner on the left ran Boston using the bib that was earned by the runner on the right at the 2015 NYC Marathon.


The runner on the right legitimately qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon while running the 2016 Boston Marathon. The runner on the left was wearing his bib for the race.



I am plugging through the 2017  Boston results and will write more as I come across suspicious results. I am working on another story regarding a potential serial course cutter.

There were also a couple of “stunt runs”  that I may write about in the near future. One letsrun poster went in great detail investigating an attempt at a Land’s End to John ‘o Groats (Lejog) record attempt. I am still plowing through and hope to have an article summarizing that story by next week.

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  1. Sad… I would love to be able to qualify for the Ultimate Boston Marathon. But it wouldn’t be worth it if I didn’t earn my spot there…

  2. Maybe it’s just me, but (based solely on the pics) I’m not completely convinced the 2nd set isn’t the same person. Add a beard, few tattoos, hairline-obscuring hat & new sunglasses to the runner, then account for the 2017 being a much more flattering pic. I’m not saying it’s absolutely the same guy, but don’t think I could say with a comfortable level of certainty that it isn’t. I could see a case where he put total focus onto re-BQ for 2016, then chose to relax his training, focus on strength work, etc for 2017. Could account for both time & physical diff.

    • Unless he got the a horrible tattoo on his right shoulder and gained 40lbs they are not the same guy. You can just look at the guy on the left and tell he’s never qualified for the Boston Marathon.

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