So many words come to mind - disgusting, disrespectful, disappointing. Unsportsmanlike.
These people either made the bibs themselves (despicable), or perhaps they bought them from Craigslist, thinking they were buying them from the qualifier who could no longer run the race. But that isn't allowed, and it isn't okay. If one of them had a medical emergency during the race, it could be hard to identify them. They are taking water and food along the course that they didn't pay for. And they are taking medals at the end. And putting extra bodies on an already crowded course.
How could this happen? Many of us unthinkingly post pictures of our bibs in our pre-race blogs. I did it just last week in my blog on Nike Women's Half early packet pickup. And I'm worried - that blog got over 300 hits. An unprecedented number for me. I usually get 50, maybe 100. Maybe many of these hits were legitimate - my blog post on the Nike Women's Half course guide has gotten 200, so people are looking for Nike race information. But there are 25 Nike Women's Half bibs for sale on Craigslist (for $125-$185!) and I can't help but wonder if any have my number (6241). I've edited the picture in my blog, but the damage may already be done:
So please be careful what you post online. Protect yourself from race bandits. And if you have any information that can help identify any of the Boston Marathon race bandits in the photos above, please let BAA know.