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Framingham Woman's Marathon Bib Faked by Foursquare Founder's Wife

Kathy Brown, 40, who ran to raise money for multiple sclerosis, after her uncle passed away from the disease, was issued number 34033.

Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, tweeted this photo of himself with his wife, Chelsa Crowley, before the Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014. Courtesy: @dens/Twitter
Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, tweeted this photo of himself with his wife, Chelsa Crowley, before the Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014. Courtesy: @dens/Twitter
A Framingham woman looking for photos of herself completing the 26.2 2014 Boston Marathon discovered another woman was wearing her bib number, reported WCVB-TV.

Kathy Brown, 40, who ran  to raise money for multiple sclerosis, after her uncle passed away from the disease, was issued number 34033.

The Framingham woman noticed a Twitter handle on the bib number and discovered the woman was Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley's wife Chelsa, a New York city stylist and fashion writer.

Crowley, who lives in Medway, and his wife ran the Boston Marathon last year. He did not finish so he was issued a number for this year. His wife did not have a number.

After being attacked on Social Media after the WCVB-TV investigation, Crowley apologized on behalf of his wife.

Crowley wrote: "I sent an email to Kathy Brown, the woman who rightfully earned #34033 to apologize for any disrespect, hurt feelings or confusion. Our intent was never to "steal" anything from anyone — our intent was to finish the Boston Marathon together as we tried to do last year. (#34033 = first 3 numbers of my number + "33" which is Chelsa's age. We chose a number close to my number to ensure we'd be next to each other at the start.)"

Read the complete WCVB investigative report here.

Boston Marathon organizers said before the race there would be a crackdown on bandits this year, due to tighter security. The B.A.A. said they are now looking into multiple accounts of bandit runners.

whaaat? April 26, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Kathy Brown, God bless you for running for MS. I live with it and am grateful to angels like you🙏 who selflessly give! Thank you!❤️
Tu Real April 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Sorry... it's called CHEATING and I give them no thanks.

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