ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Boston Marathon expanded its field size this year to include 36,000 runners—up 9,000 from 2013—and still ended up selling out.
This caused some runners to find other ways to hit the popular course last Monday.
When runner Kara Bonneau, 34, of Durham, N.C. checked her race photos online, she discovered that four other runners had competed using her same bib number, according to a story published by Runner’s World magazine.
Bonneau suspects the runners printed counterfeit bibs based on a photo of her bib number, 14285, that she posted on Instagram last weekend.
“It never occurred to me when I was posting that photo that someone could use it in that way,” she told the magazine. “I definitely learned a lesson about posting on social media, but it’s really frustrating of all the races, people would do it at this one—and in such a significant year.”
One of the runners pictured is wearing a singlet from St. Louis-based Big River Running Co.
Big River immediately took to Facebook, posting a statement to their Facebook page saying they don’t condone the behavior of anyone who takes part in such a practice.
“In regards to the woman wearing the Big River singlet, we do not recognize her and are appalled she chose to wear one of our singlets while wearing a counterfeit bib. The Big River community is one built on integrity and respect for one another, and these actions don’t reflect what our logo truly represents.”
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