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Durham runner says race identity was stolen at Boston Marathon

Posted April 27, 2014

— A Durham woman who ran the Boston Marathon last week says her race identity was stolen by at least four other runners.

When Kara Bonneau looked up her official photo proofs online, she noticed something wasn't right.

Four other people were wearing fake bibs with her number, 14285.

"I was really angry, because I worked very hard for that number," Bonneau said.

She says there were more than 100 pictures listed under her account – only about 20 were of her.

Bonneau, who finished in the top third, believes the fakes were made from a picture of her bib she posted on Instagram.

Bib bandits – runners who aren't officially entered in the race – aren't unheard of, and the Boston Athletic Association, which operates the marathon, asks people not to participate if they aren't registered.

On its website, the BAA says the unofficial runners "adversely affects" its ability to ensure a safe race.


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  • disgusted2010 Apr 28, 2014

    Another non-story to feed the 24/7 entertainment media that purports to be news.

  • Princesspoo Apr 28, 2014

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    Now that is funny!

  • Princesspoo Apr 28, 2014

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    Ha, great point!

  • btneast Apr 28, 2014

    [bwhy should anybody be able to take this accomplishment away from her?][/b]Nobody "took anything away" from her. Just because some numbers were copied doesn't take away that she ran it, finished and got her finishers trophy.

  • carrboroyouth Apr 28, 2014

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    Training for a marathon is up to a year-long preparation. It's still a race that people have to qualify for. She earned a coveted spot and she has a right to be upset. People cheating isn't acceptable under any circumstance.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Apr 28, 2014

    So if I was to take my Mustang and just drive on the track and start racing with the Nascar pros y'all will be alright with that? Same difference! You have to earn your spot. Stealing is stealing regardless if it is her race identity or her social security number. You have to earn your spot in the Boston Marathon the same as you have to earn your spot in Nascar! It is a big accomplishment to be able to run in Boston why should anybody be able to take this accomplishment away from her?

  • Billy the Kid Apr 28, 2014

    Marathons seem to have become a fad. You know, "it's the thing to do". Kind of like wearing yoga pants when not actively doing yoga or wearing Toms shoes. I question many of those 26.2 stickers. If you walked a good chunk of the 26.2 route, you did not actually RUN a marathon.

  • robkeehner Apr 28, 2014

    Nobody would run marathons if you had to sign a confidentiality agreement before the start.

  • nctorwart Apr 28, 2014

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    Amen to that!

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 28, 2014

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    Really? People were killed in last year's race and this girl is complaining about a number? It's truly disgusting is what it is.