When first reading this story, it sounds like a fairly innocent thing. A guy gave his bib number to someone else to run the marathon. That’s a pretty common occurrence due to injuries, lack of training, motivation, and scheduling conflicts. However, using a time you didn’t earn to get into the Boston Marathon is an entirely different animal:
“Race photos from the Twin Cities Marathon website show a man wearing Ibrahim’s number who bears little resemblance to Ibrahim. Ibrahim first referred to the man as “a friend,” then later described him as the brother of a co-worker. Ibrahim said the man was visiting from out of town, and said he doesn’t know his name.
But Ibrahim must have liked the other runner’s finish time of just over three hours, ten minutes. A race official in Boston confirmed that Ibrahim registered himself for the Boston Marathon under the time run by the other runner.”