Half-Marathon Runners Go Extra 4 Miles Due to an Error

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2015

Runners at a half-marathon in Cambodia in May.
Runners at a half-marathon in Cambodia in May.Heng Sinith/Associated Press

Runners who participated in the Bangkok half-marathon over the weekend were probably a little more winded than they expected.

How come? Oh, no reason—they just had to run four extra miles.

Instead of running 13.1 miles, the participants had to travel nearly 17 after organizers directed them "to make a U-turn at the wrong place," according to the Associated Press, thus adding more than 1.8 miles to each of two laps.

According to the Associated Press, the runners were not amused: "The marathon's Facebook page filled with comments on Sunday and Monday from runners who called it 'ridiculous,' a 'massive miscalculation' and 'incredibly dangerous' for runners who had trained to run just 21 kilometers."

[Associated Press]