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Daily Talker: What Should Happen To Runners Using Copied Bib Numbers?

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A woman who ran the Boston Marathon says her bib number was stolen — not just once, but four times.

Kara Bonneau picked up her bib at the Marathon Expo on Saturday, and posted a photo of it on Instagram.

When she went online to see her official photos, a search of her bib number turned up pictures of her — and four other people running under her same bib number.

“It was awful that someone would do that without going through any of the work that the rest of us at to put in to get there, especially on such an important and meaningful marathon year,” Bonneau said from her home in North Carolina.

The Boston Athletic Association forbids people from running under someone else’s bib number, but bandit runners are an annual part of the Marathon.

“No one knows who they are or what their intentions were. And with everything that was supposed to go into making the marathon a more safe event, to have unknown runners is not really ideal at all,” said Bonneau.

What should happen to the runners using the copied bib numbers? Or did they cause no harm? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.

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