The hottest black-market item in the city has wanna-be marathoners racing to the Web.
Demand is fierce. A record 120,000 people applied for 60,000 slots in the famed marathon.
“An injury is keeping me from running this year, but my bad luck could be your good fortune,” read a posting for a female bib with entry numbers being sold for a modest $300.
There are just as many ads from unregistered roadsters eager to hoof it through all five boroughs Nov. 7.
“I am hoping to find a bib for New York so all of my training isn’t wasted!” read a post from someone willing to fork over $250 for a bib.
Securing a place in the race the legit way costs $196 for American runners or $276 for overseas marathoners, and there are no refunds.
That means those who win the lottery for bibs but pull out because of an injury or other reasons have no official way to recoup their cash.
A 35-year-old Brooklyn man offering his spot online said he didn’t feel any guilt about flouting the rules.
“In a way, I’m breaking the rules, but on the other hand they’re charging me for a race that I’m not going to run,” said the man, who pulled out because he didn’t train.
“It’s like returning a pair of jeans that I’m not using.”
Within an hour of posting his bib for $500, he said, he received eight offers.
Officials noted that anyone caught selling their bib will be disqualified for life, but conceded there’s little they can do.
“If you really want to get into the marathon and you’re willing to pay a lot of money for it, you can get a spot.”
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