Buyer beware: Bridge Run entries sold online

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – This weekend marks the 35th annual Cooper River Bridge Run, and with the race just days away, the resale market for race bibs is booming. But buyer beware, race officials say some online sales may be illegal.

The number of runners this year is capped at 44,000 people, and it's sold out for people who want to buy a regular race entry.

"One of the largest bridge runs we've ever put on, and we have people coming from all over the United States and internationally for the race. We're a world class race," said CRBR executive director Julian Smith.

Now runners and walkers who are not registered are turning to the web on sites like Facebook, Ebay, or Craigslist, trying to buy a race bib.

Some bibs are going for more than the original purchase price that ranges from $30 to $40 dollars. We found one that sold for $75.

Run director Julian Smith says buyer beware.

"There is some strange stuff going on Ebay and Craigslist. Some of the stuff is being investigated by SLED because there is some illegal stuff going on," Smith said.

Smith says State Law Enforcement Division investigators are looking into some online transactions, as people could be trying to sell stolen entries that were sent in packets by mail.

While regular race bibs are sold out, Smith says you can still participate because for-charity bibs are still available for $150 each.

"Why not help out the charity? You're not helping out the charity by paying $150 on Craigslist. You can come right to the Galliard and get a race number and run in the race," said Smith.

If you do choose to buy a race bib from someone online, Smith says you must transfer the entry into your name by Friday at 8 p.m.

If you want a last minute charity bib, there are 12 charities to choose from, and you can sign up at the bridge run expo taking place Thursday and Friday.

The 12 charities are listed on the bridge run website.

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