I-Team: Some Boston Marathon Runners Are Cheating To Qualify

I-Team: Some Boston Marathon Runners Are Cheating To Qualify

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THEY WERE KILLED IN A ROADSIDE BOMBING ON MONDAY. THE TALIB AND HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY. NOW TO AN I-TEAM INVESTIGATION. IT IS NOT AN OVERSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT THE BOSTON MARATHON HAS COME TO REPRESENT THE SPIRIT OF NEW ENGLAND IN MANY WAYS. IT IS SURPRISING THAT SOME RUNNERS TRY TO CHEAT THEIR WAY INTO THE RACE. WE SEE HOW ORGANIZERS ARE TRACKING THE CHEATERS. Reporter: THE I-TEAM HAS LEARNED SOME RUNNERS ARE STILL TAKING SHORTCUTS TRYING TO QUALIFY FOR BOSTON . I HAVE BEEN WAITING MY ENTIRE LIFE TO BE ABLE TO RUN THIS MARATHON. Reporter: WITH THE HELP OF THE RUNNING CLUB, HER LIFELONG DREAM IS ABOUT TO COME TRUE ON MONDAY WHEN SHE RUNS THE BOSTON MARATHON. TO HEAR PEOPLE CHEATING OR FAKING BIBS OR STEALING BIBS, IT IS REALLY A SHAME. THERE ARE VERY HARD-WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS RACE. OF COURSE, IT IS NOT FAIR TO THEM. Reporter: TOM SAYS RACE OFFICIALS ARE ON TO THE CHEATERS. SO IS THIS UNLIKELY INVESTIGATOR, CINCINNATI FINANCIAL ANALYST, DEREK MURPHY. A RUNNER HIMSELF WHO HAS DEDICATED A WEBSITE TO HELP RACE OFFICIALS CATCH FAKERS. IN ANY RACE I LOOK AT YOU WILL FIND DOZENS OF COURSE CUTTERS. Reporter: HE SHOWED US AN ALGORITHM HE CREATED TO SPOT SUSPICIOUS RACE TIMES. I ESTIMATED MAYBE BETWEEN 250-350 RUNNERS. Reporter: THIS YEAR HE SAYS, JD GREENING WAS REMOVED FROM THE LIST TO ENTER BOSTON. HE WAS EVEN RAISING TRAVEL MONEY ON A GOFUNDME PAGE. WHEN MURPHY PRESSED HIM ON HIS CLAIM THAT HE RAN A QUALIFYING MARATHON IN LESS THAN THREE HOURS, GREENING EVENTUALLY ADMITTED HE ONLY RAN ABOUT HALF OF IT. IT WAS COMPLETELY OBVIOUS. Reporter: THIS ONE, SEEN HERE AFTER A MINNESOTA MARATHON ALSO LOST HIS SPOT IN BOSTON AFTER MURPHY DISCOVERED HE GOT A FASTER RUNNER TO RUN A QUALIFYING RACE FOR HIM WEARING HIS BIB NUMBER. THEN, THERE IS THIS OLD BIB. HE CAUGHT A MAN USING THIS ONE LAST YEAR. IT IS FROM 1996 . FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IS GETTING TO THE STARTING LINE. Reporter: THAT IS WHY THEY HAVE VIDEO OF EVERY QUALIFYING RACE AVAILABLE TO REVIEW. FOR THOSE WHO MAKE IT TO THE START, THERE ARE ELECTRONIC CHECKPOINTS EVERY FIVE MILES. AFTER MONTHS OF SWEAT AND SOMETIMES TEARS, WHEN THESE RUNNERS GET WIND OF CHEATERS — , ON, REALLY? WE ALL PAID FOR OUR BIBS AND WE ALL RAISED OUR MONEY AND TRAINED THROUGH THE TREACHEROUS TRAINING .

2 thoughts on “I-Team: Some Boston Marathon Runners Are Cheating To Qualify”

  1. Hey kids a new game called Chinese Cheaters yes some Chinese came to Boston to cheat but very little coverage

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