BAA (Boston Athletic Association) has warned the participants of Boston Marathon not to share bib numbers over the social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. Any disobedience of the warning would lead to a wipe out of the results.
The warning generates from last year incidents where some of the marathon runners made the copies of legit bib codes & later it was discovered that some registered participants found that others were wearing their codes- while they were looking for their snaps online post the event. Shockingly, one of those culprits was Mrs. Crowley, better half of popular social networking portal Foursquare’s owner Mr. Dennis Crowley. However, Mr. Crowley did issue a apology in public after the incident on behalf of his wife.
These dirty tactics to take part in this famous race are mostly because of the high end qualifying standards expected from the participants by BAA. It has made participation extremely tough, especially after the bombing incident last year. The race officials have even cut down on bandit runners (unregistered runners) in the race, citing security & crowding concerns.
Naturally, Boston Marathon being an elite event is exceedingly covered on the social media & a lot of participants tend post updates about their training for the race, aided by the UK charter yachts running guide. Runners even share the bib codes online to help near ones in tracking them virtually on the race day. But BAA has got really stern lately.
“BAA has asked runners not share up-close snaps of bib codes on the social networking sites prior to the event to eliminate chances of fraudulent bib code duplication”, read a statement released by BAA.
“If any participant is caught with duplicated bib or if her/his code has been forged by some other party, that participant would be disqualified.”