Once Boston Marathon photos became available online, runners searching their bib numbers were surprised to find other runners with their bibs.
Kara Bonneau received a link from MarathonFoto to view her race pictures. The company sorts pictures by bib number. Once Bonneau searched her bib number 14285 she was surprised to find the faces of four strangers.
How did she feel? “Outraged!” she says. “I worked really hard to earn that spot, and have several friends who qualified but weren’t able to register because there were more qualified entrants than spots. I was especially infuriated to see photos of those runners posing with finisher medals that really did not belong to them. I also felt really naive because I made it pretty easy for them to do this by posting a photo of my bib on social media, but it never would have occurred to me that someone would do that.”
Michael Sullivan’s bib was also ripped off. He posted on facebook, along with a photo: “This 10055 is counterfeit. I am 10055.” A Boston Marathon database search confirms that bib number 10055 belongs to Michael Sullivan.
Bonneau sent a message to the Boston Marathon Facebook page. They responded: “Unfortunately, this is a habit of individuals who decided to go outside of the normal lines of registration. There is little we can do, other than to send a message of deterrence.”
For now, she says she wants to find out who they are,and hopefully get them banned from future races.
“I also really wanted to get this story out there because I see photos of race bibs online all the time,” Bonneau says. “I would like others to know that this could happen and think twice about what they are making publicly available online. I know I certainly won’t be posting any bib photos before races again.”
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