In the preliminary New York City Marathon results, runner # 64709 was listed with a finish time of 3:37:12, good enough for 2nd place in the W60-64 age group.
The runner in question had run the Paris Marathon in a time of 6:25:15. The runner is pictured below proudly displaying their medal.
This runner is not the person who registered for the race and was assigned bib # 64709. This is not a photo of an over 60 year old woman.
Not a Victimless Crime
Whenever I write an article about bib swapping, someone comments that it really doesn’t hurt anyone. But, the situation here is all too common. In many marathons that I check, there is some instance of a runner placing wearing someone else’s bib. Typically it is a younger runner taking an age group spot wearing the bib of someone much older, or a male wearing the bib of a female, or a combination of both of these situations.
In this case, this runner stole the moment for those that he pushed down the leaderboard. I received an email recently that put it perfectly:
Our moment of glory is gone, The elation of placing is never as sweet as when one has just completed the marathon. The bib ‘borrowers deprive us of that.
As I was writing this I confirmed that the runner was disqualified and the results were adjusted. I assume, based on the recently published policies of the NYRR that the runner will be banned from future events – although she lives in France and has a limited race resume – so that likely isn’t that big of a deal to the original owner.
If anyone recognizes the runner that was wearing the bib, please notify the NYRR or myself directly. That runner also could face sanctions.
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