Don’t Let Someone Else Run With Your Bib
This should go without saying. But, this is the most common method that is used to run Boston among those that I identify each year. Also, this doesn’t just mean that you shouldn’t sell or give your bib to another runner. It also means that you shouldn’t post a ‘Flat you’ on social media. From Baa.org
Seems harsh, right? It’s simple, don’t post your bib on social media, and you won’t be disqualified. Don’t post a ‘flat runner’ picture of your outfit with the bib. It’s not worth the risk. I concede that if someone is determined to make a forgery, they will probably do so. Just don’t make it easy to be the owner of the bib they use.
Multiple runners were disqualified last year for copying their bibs or by allowing their bibs to be copied. The most notorious example was the group of Reebok employees that ran with bibs that were copied from a charity that they sponsored. The runners involved were disqualified from the 2016 and 2017 Boston Marathons, and reportedly have been banned. The charity co-founder defended (who was involved in the bib copying) defended their actions. I hold to the belief that he felt pressure to copy these bibs since Reebok was a supporter of his charity.
Don’t Sell Your Bib
Even putting aside all the reasons why selling your bib is wrong..safety, liability, the fact that the buyer didn’t earn the right to run Boston, it is not a smart decision to sell your bib.
You, as the bib seller face all the risk. You are the one that will be banned. The buyer has no reason to obscure your bib. Case in point:
This is Joe. He has posted multiple years that he wanted a bib and could run a Boston qualifying time. (By the way he did not run BQ times for the seller in either 2015 or 2016. When I contacted him anonymously, it only took a few emails for him to give up the sellers for the prior two years. As you can see above, Joe made no effort to hide the bib or his identity.
There are plenty of ads on Marathonguide for runners wanting to buy bibs. Resist the temptation. If you get caught – you likely will, you will be banned.
Just don’t. It’s selfish. It impedes other runners, it ruins their finish photo. When I posted this last year, one reader commented:
HAVING LOST 6 WEEKS OF TRAINING DUE TO INJURY BECAUSE PEOPLE PULLED THIS STUNT AT THE FINISHLINE. IMPEDING FELLOW RUNNERS CAN BE A DQ.
OOne Medal Per Runner
Last year a runner wrote about the sacrifices his wife made during his training for The Boston Marathon.
SO WHEN I CROSSED THE FINISH LINE I TOOK TWO MEDALS. WE BOTH DESERVED ONE.
Everyone that ran Boston had people in their life that made sacrifices. There are not enough medals to go around. If you feel that strongly that your significant other deserves a Boston Marathon medal, give yours to them. For what it’s worth this runner felt the wrath of social media, and returned the 2nd medal.
Tomorrow, I will write about the runners that had their 2018 bibs pulled, and some of those that still have a place in Boston despite evidence of cheating. For all the strides The BAA has taken in dealing with cheating, they still rely heavily on the qualifying marathons to validate results. Some races take this more seriously and are more diligent than others.
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