Outrage over eBay sales of Boston Marathon finishing medals
Crossing the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in any other year would be a tremendous accomplishment, but this year, in the wake of Monday’s terrorist bombing, receiving a finisher’s medal holds even more significance.
Kim and Dan Ashworth were outraged upon learning that several of the 26K finisher medals their company produced are now up for sale on eBay.
Dan Ashworth told Pix11, “Our company has been manufacturing the marathon medallions for 31 years. I’ve been very involved with the race since I was a kid. My dad started working with them when I was a kid, so it means a lot to us. Now that we’re seeing some of the medals being sold on eBay, it’s kind of disgusting, in my eyes.”
By early Thursday afternoon, there were 5 separate eBay auctions for 2013 Boston Marathon Finisher Medals.
The most popular listing drew 27 bidders, who drove up the price to 355 — that’s for a single medal.
“My finishing medallion this year, when I look at it, will have a completely different meaning, I’m still standing here. Not only did I finish the marathon, that takes a backseat to the fact that I survived, I guess I could say,” said Kim Ashworth.
Only one of the listings states, “Proceeds from this auction will go to ONEFUNDBOSTON.ORG,” a fundraising effort launched by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
There are no additional details on how much from each sale will go to the fund.
The other auctions appear to be held, solely for profit.
Squatrito told Dow, “They should be a symbol of strength and endurance and perseverance in memory of those that came. For nothing more than to support people doing what they love. It’s disgusting.”
On its Facebook page, The Boston Athletic Association – which manages the Marathon – says any runners who did not get a medal before the explosions ended the race, can pick one up at its headquarters.
Dan Ashworth says whatever happens no one should be profiting from this tragedy.
“Why would you want it? You go out and run a marathon and that’s a personal goal in your life to run a marathon. That’s something that you achieve personally, why would you want to go out and buy a medal? Just to remember the tragedy? “ said Dan.