Avril Mathie is a professional boxer, fitness coach, and model. Last Friday night she decided that she wanted to run the Lifetime Miami Half Marathon. One problem: the race was sold out and no bibs could be obtained legitimately. So, she took to Instagram looking for a bib.
Initially she was unable to find someone who would sell her their bib against race rules). So, she printed out her own counterfeit bib.
But at the last minute, she posted on Instagram that she received a reply and got a real bib. In her video, she posted that she didn’t have to be ‘dodgy’ and that she’d be a legit half marathon runner. (while wearing another runner’s bib).
There were some in her Instagram comments that tried to explain to her why her behavior was wrong, but she was not at all receptive to the criticism.
people show up and run every year without even having a bib or registered. There’s too many people for them to do anything about it. At least I tried to look the part 🤷🏽♀️ also I tagged them in my post so yes maybe they will see this and come up with a better solution 😉… I would have happily paid to enter if the option was available to me, but it wasn’t, and I think that’s how most people feel that do it. Everyone could show up and just run unregistered, but they don’t. So I don’t think it’s a huge concern of theirs
She obviously knows nothing about The Miami Marathon or it’s race director, Frankie Ruiz. Frankie gained some notoriety by filming the process of pulling bandits off course. I’ve written a number of articles highlighting this process.
I’m sure you can be banned, but what’s the point? If I want I can just show up and run it and no one’s going to stop me… there’s too many people. But if I don’t get banned and was just more organised to sign up more than 2 days before the race, or they had a “last minute sign up” option, I would sign up and pay and they’d make money. Which is essentially what the want sooooo….
I’m an honest person, I did what I did I’m not trying to hide it or pretend I’m someone I’m not. If I must suffer consequences for that then so be it and I’ll still find a way to do what I want to do haha. Thankfully in the end I got to do things the “right way” but this post was more to highlight and encourage determination than be about rule breaking / bending
So, she claims to be an honest person, that will find a way to do what she wants, including, forging a bib and running the race unregistered.
Why Banditing is Wrong (For the Hundredth Time)
I recommend reading the article I wrote after Runner’s World basically gave permission to bandit races if you don’t see any issues with forging bibs or running as someone else. But if you don’t want to do that, here are some basic points.
- It’s stealing. There are costs associated with a race. You are acting entitled by breaking the rules.
- If running with someone else’s bib, you can affect the results. There are multiple cases every year where a younger runner claims a podium spot while running in a slower age group, or a different gender.
- If there is an emergency, organizers do not know who you are, or who to contact.
- You are crowding the course. You are taking advantage of services that everyone else paid for.
Basically, follow the rules set up by race organizers. You are not special. If you want to run on race day, and don’t have a bib, run somewhere else.
My hope in posting this, is that it will make someone think twice about banditing a race. Volunteer for a race instead. This behavior is not supporting the running community or your local community.
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