Apparently workers at the finish line couldn't tell the difference between a 2:36 marathoner and a 2:36 half-marathoner.
*MB: Portland Marathon gives 1st place to wrong runner
*The Oregonian: Some Portland Marathoners Upset After Running A Half-Mile Too Long The race director's response was troubling as he said "It's not a big deal" since only slower runners were affected.
*Fox 12 Oregon article
They will pay out $2.1 million in credits to runners who payed a lottery fee and the race drawing will be free for the next 3-years although entry fees are going up to $295.
(includes video) An unexpected train derailed many runners' BQ qualifying attempt.
*MB: Train stops marathon at Lehigh Valley
For someone running 3-hour pace, that'd be 1-minute and 37-seconds added to their time.
Robert Mbithi won the Bath Half-Marathon in 61:45 before being down by one race official's mistake.
Thankfully both RDs agreed that if a course marshall sends the runners the wrong way, then the organizers are to blame. Not like this half marathon last year that had a lead car take 3 professionals the wrong way and then blamed the runners.
*MB Archives: 3 guys go wrong way. 4th guy wins $1500 dollars.
Some runners jumped into the race part way through, making it difficult to know the official results. Others were made to run extra or took a wrong turn when a police lead bike failed to start.
The T-shirt will say, 'Finisher of 27.6km'.