April2018

  • Bandit offered and (Apparently) paid $10 for Photoshopped Charity Boston Marathon Bib

    Prior To The Boston Marathon, I posted a copy of an add on reddit – by a runner wanting a bib altered so that they could purportedly run with their sister. That post was also accompanied by this photo.     It does not appear that anyone ran with the original...
  • Timing Issues at Boston Leave Some Runners Concerned

    The brutal conditions at The Boston Marathon this past Monday didn’t only affect the runners, it affected the timing systems. I’ve received messages from some runners regarding what they believe are inaccurate finish times. I will address my initial findings on some of those cases at the end of...
  • “Retro Bandit” Information is Confirmed

    The ‘Retro Bandit” appeared in photos from The Boston Marathon from 2016 through 2018. After I wrote about him, some held out hope that there was another explanation – that he wasn’t truly a bandit. Maybe he had a real bib, but for some reason also carried the 1996...
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    Course Cutting at The 2018 Boston Marathon

    Nearly every race I review has some instances of course cutting. Boston is no different. The weather played a part. DNFs were up vs. 2017. Some runners were unable to finish. Unfortunately, not all of those runners completely accepted the reality of their DNF. Some traveled further down the...
  • #BanditBoston Runner Busted After Revealing Intentions To Bandit on Social Media

    The runner pictured above appears in the Official 2017 Boston Marathon results. He ran the race in just under 4 hours. Here he is after the 2017 race:   #bostonbandit His time was not fast enough to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon. But that did not stop him:...
  • How Not To Finish A Marathon

    Last year I asked the question, Not Cool, or Not a Big Deal? I came across this video of The Boston Marathon. I don’t need to even ask the question. This video was captured from NBC Sports live finish line feed     It wasn’t enough he decided to selfishly...
  • The Boston Marathon’s Retro Bandit?

    Every year I see bib copying, bib forging, and I’ve seen runners using their previous year’s bib to get onto the course. This is partially possible due to the unchanged design of the Boston Marathon bib over the past few years. In the age of photoshop and all the...
  • 2018 Boston Marathon First Look At The Data

    Looking Ahead to The 2019 Boston Marathon The below data is based on the preliminary results of The 2018 Boston Marathon. The conditions were miserable. The wind was strong and the rain/sleet was challenging. Last year was a scorcher. The results were surprisingly similar for those that finished. Average...
  • If The Boston Marathon Wants To Stop Bib Copying They Must Do More

    The B.A.A. asks participants not to post close-up pictures of their bib number on social media before the race to avoid fraudulent bib duplication. If an athlete is found to have duplicated a bib number, or if his/her bib number has been duplicated by another party, the athlete will...
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