The wife of Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley forged the Boston Marathon registration number on her bib so she could run the race alongside her social-media mogul husband.
Chelsa Crowley, the self-entitled wife of the tech millionaire, found a way to fake her way into the crowded annual run by forging the number of a legitimate runner who posted a photo of her bib on the Internet after trying unsuccessfully to transfer a number from an injured runner friend, reported the N.Y. Post.
After last year's tragedy at the Boston Marathon, unregistered runners — called bandits — were banned from the race, but many still found a way to fake their way in — including printing bibs off of their computer screens. Number 14285 (from the Twitter account below) seemed to be pretty popular even after cops vowed to crack down on the phonies.
Crowley got caught after angry marathoner Kathy Brown told ABC that she got her bib by registering as a charity representative — but was stunned to see Crowley wearing her digits in photos of the race on an official website.
“I opened it up looking for pictures of me, and there were some in there and they came out really good — but then I saw this other woman,” she said. “It was pretty easy to figure out that someone just made a fake bib. I put that work in and it wasn’t fair that someone else didn’t have to do that. That was my first thought.”
@TODAYshow I'm sure @NMoralesNBC can appreciate how awful it is that anyone would do this pic.twitter.com/33Jd6jmzHZ
— Kara Bonneau (@karaleigh104) April 24, 2014
Crowley did little to shield herself from detection — and even boldly scrawled her Twitter handle on the bib in pictures from the race. She later tweeted, "shh!!" after being asked if the bib was fake before getting overrun with criticism.
Outrage from other runners grew so intense on social media that Crowley was forced to step in on behalf of his fashion blogger wife.
“Yes, using a duplicate number to get Chelsa into the starting Corral was wrong,” he said in a statement. “I don’t expect everyone to understand our strong need to run and finish together — but after trying unsuccessfully to get a charity number and trying unsuccessfully to officially transfer a number from an injured-runner friend, we did what we could to make sure we could run together in hopes of finishing together.”
Hey Crowleys. Save the finishing together talk for the bedroom.