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Mon Mar 6, 2017, 03:03 PM

 

Course official's mistake leads runners off course at The Woodlands Marathon

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/woodlands/news/article/RUNNING-Course-official-s-mistake-leads-runners-10978715.php

Following Saturday's annual race, The Woodlands Marathon Management discovered that a lead motorcycle misdirected runners to skip a turn, which cut the full length of the course short.

According to a press release issued Sunday morning from TWMM, the lead cyclist skipped the second turn of the race, which cut 0.8 miles from the official course, which was certified by USA Track and Field.

The Woodlands Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, but the error could put runners' chances of competing in the historic race in jeopardy.

Brad Landry, a 35-year-old from San Antonio, has been trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon for two years and believed he had finally accomplished his goal on Saturday, until he found out about the mistake.

"The reality is, that while I gave everything I had yesterday, I probably only ran 25.5 miles, not 26.2," Landry said in a Facebook post. "Had I kept running, I still would have qualified for Boston, but because of the course error, now I will never know. I have been trying to qualify for Boston now for over two years, and for most of the day yesterday thought I had. Trying to find the silver lining in this, but right now every painful post-marathon step is reminding me that I was just short, and wasn't even given the chance to finish."

Runners initially discovered the discrepancy in the course length on their GPS trackers, while others looked to the runners' splits.

Many of the runners posted 10K splits that were much faster than the splits for the remainder of the race. While a slower pace is common in the later portions of a marathon, for the elite runners, a difference in splits that early in a race is uncommon.

A local news channel mentioned that 120 runners with races times that would qualify for the Boston Marathon have lost their chance to enter the race in Boston

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Response to TexMex (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 03:33 PM

1. That sucks donkey ass!

On the bright side there are several other Boston qualifiers this year. If they ran one and would have gotten a qualifying time then they should enter another one. For most runners running a marathon isn't a "one and done" type thing. Once you've finished one marathon you keep training for the next one. They won't be eligible for Boston this year anyway, and it may take a couple of years after they qualify to be invited.

I finally qualified two years ago and I'm running it for the first time this year. I obviously don't stand a snowballs chance of winning so I'm just gonna take my time, be thankful for the opportunity, and make it a leisurely 26.2 mile run.

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Response to Runner Dude (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 04:06 PM

3. You're right of course

 

I have an old family friend who started marathoning in the 80's. He ran Boston and NY many times and he didn't begin running until his late 40's...

I wonder if I'll start seeing 25.5 and 12.75 oval bumper stickers around Houston

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Response to TexMex (Original post)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 03:38 PM

2. That is disappointing.

The plan for my last Marathon was to finish under 3 hours and 30 minutes. For my age group that would have been a qualifying time for Boston. I missed it by 75 seconds, dagnamit.

I am still happy with the improvement over my first Marathon race having aged 8 years, but reduced my time by approximately 15 minutes.

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Response to Agent_86 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 6, 2017, 04:10 PM

4. Congrats on qualifying for an elite race.

 

I'd say it was real disappointing for the out of town folks who had travel and lodging expenses. I'm no runner, but I can appreciate the serious dedication it takes.

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