Durham runner says race identity was stolen at Boston Marathon
Posted April 27, 2014
Durham, N.C. — 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.