I see this a lot, but I have to admit that I do not quite understand the argument.On the security front, do we really think that anyone with bad intent is going to be deterred from doing something bad because of the BAA's rules? On the safety front, you can still write in emergency contact information on the back of the bib, and, in any event, if you are willing to assume the risk that you fall out and no one can find you, isn't that on you? I guess maybe you might have a higher risk of falling out if you are not in shape to run the race, as evidenced by your inability to get a qualifier, but can't the same be said of those who enter through raising charitable donations?I can't help but to feel that these are rationalizations by race directors to keep control over their races. That is not to say that I think that it is okay to take someone else's bib. Race director's work hard to organize their races and wide spread bib swapping would make their jobs more difficult, and that is justification enough in my book for them trying to regulate that. But let's call this what it is and not come up with some altruistic, good for the runners reasoning.
hope you get caught wrote:
uncool, messes with security and safety for you and others
earn the bib or lose it