Dear Dennis and Chelsa Crowley,
I read articles and saw your statement about Chelsa ‘banditing” the Boston Marathon using a fake bib (who’s number belonged to a charity runner) and I fully understand you guys wanting to run the race together after finishing separate last year, but SOOO many people wanted to run with their loved ones and they either raised a ton of money or BQed, not “stole” a race number.
Boston is the most cherished marathon of all marathons. Every runner dreams of running Boston, but the thing is most don’t get to. They either need to be super fast to qualify or raise a MINIMUM of $7500 for charity (each charity has different minimums, but I believe that $7500 is the cheapest charity entry). SO my thought is, if you guys wanted to run so bad together then why not run for charity? Help other people instead of only thinking about yourselves. I am assuming, so I’m sorry about that, but you are the CEO of Foursquare, so again I’m assuming you aren’t in the lower income category and have the means to either donate the $7500 or at least have the means around you to raise $7500 for charity…like the person did who’s bib number you stole.
I rarely write letters like this, but feel strongly about the fact that you had other options (charity) then just making a fake bib, bragging about it on social media and then giving an apology that didn’t feel like much of an apology. I hope you make it right in the way of donating to charity, what you should’ve done in the first place. Thank you.