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Marathon entrant says her bib number was copied

These runners got off to a fast start in Hopkinton.


These runners got off to a fast start in Hopkinton.

BOSTON — This year’s Boston Marathon was supposed to be free of so-called bandits — runners without official bib numbers — but a North Carolina woman said at least four people ran using her number.

Kara Bonneau said when she went online to get an official picture of herself, she found pictures of four strangers running with her number.

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She told WBZ-AM she thinks people made copies of her bib after she posted a picture on a social media website.

She said using counterfeit bibs is unfair to those who went through proper qualifying channels, and also posed a security issue.

A spokesman for the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, said runners with counterfeit bibs still had to go through the same security checkpoints to get on the course.

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