Boston Marathon bandits stole runner's number - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Boston Marathon bandits stole runner's number

Posted: Updated:

A Boston Marathon runner is using social media to shame, and hopefully track down four people who stole her race number to run in the race.

Kara Bonneau traveled from North Carolina to run in the marathon. She had a great time but when she went to find photos of herself running the race, she was surprised to see several other people turn up on her search via her bib number.

The Boston Marathon is one of the most popular road races in the country. Runners have to qualify to get a number or join a charity group to raise money in order to get into the race. Even with those qualifications, the race sells out. About 36,000 people were officially in the race this year.

The folks who organize the race say "bandits" are common despite tighter security. They say there's very little that can be done to police it.

On her Facebook page, she says, "This is unfair to everyone who worked hard to qualify or raise charity money, and to those who qualified but couldn't get in because the race was full. It's also a security issue."

She hopes that if the runners are identified, they can be banned from running other races.  Her photo has been spread across Facebook since she posted it.

The mistake that Bonneau may have made to have her race number stolen: she proudly posted photos of her bib to her Facebook and Instagram accounts in the days leading up to the race.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Staten Island rally and march preparations

    Staten Island rally and march preparations

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:33:49 GMT
    All was calm and quiet Friday evening in Staten Island but Saturday thousands are expected to descend on Tompkinsville for a march that organizers are promising will be peaceful. The march will culminate in a rally right outside the 120th Precinct. Representatives from the national action network were in Staten Island Friday making preparations for Saturday's demonstration, which is estimated to draw at least 5,000 people from all over the country.
    All was calm and quiet Friday evening in Staten Island but Saturday thousands are expected to descend on Tompkinsville for a march that organizers are promising will be peaceful. The march will culminate in a rally right outside the 120th Precinct. Representatives from the national action network were in Staten Island Friday making preparations for Saturday's demonstration, which is estimated to draw at least 5,000 people from all over the country.
  • August 23, 2014

    Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

    Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:33:23 GMT
    The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest.
    The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest.
  • Newark school enrollment problems

    Newark school enrollment problems

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:17:11 GMT
    The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children.
    The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices