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Course mishap forces runners to go extra half-mile, dashing some Boston Marathon hopes

iStock/Thinkstock(BIDDEFORD, Maine) — Some marathon runners went the extra half-mile unbeknownst to them after a race guide mistakenly sent them down a wrong turn that led to a dead end, costing some their shot at qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

At the Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon in Biddeford and Kennebunk on Sunday, a race error occurred at mile 12 “when a course marshal instructed runners to make an incorrect right hand turn off the intended certified course and down a dead-end road,” marathon organizers explained in an online statement.

The mistake was corrected as soon as the problem was discovered but some runners still ran a total distance of nearly 26.7 miles.

Race Director Charles Melton issued an apology and assured the race is “still considered a Boston Qualifier even with the added mileage, and those who ran a qualifying time are still valid results.”

In an attempt to remedy the mistake for those runners, marathon organizers asked the Boston Athletic Association if they could submit results with time adjustments for Boston Marathon qualification, but the BAA declined due to “scoring and timing rules.”

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