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article imageWoman enters half-marathon, wins full marathon by mistake

By Mike White     Sep 26, 2013 in Sports
Amherstburg - A Canadian woman entered a half-marathon and ended up winning a full marathon by mistake. The mistake apparently happened when she missed a turn on the race's route.
According to, Meredith Fitzmaurice had wanted to run the half-marathon at Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada on Sunday. The race was going to be a test run for her before attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon at Detroit next month.
According to, Fitzmaurice had intended to run the 13 miles in the half-marathon, but she missed a turn on the course. She ended up running in, and winning, the full marathon.
Another website,, reported the full marathon is 26.2 miles.
"Once I realized what I had done, I figured, well I'll just run 20 miles and use it as a long run and call it a day," she told the Ottawa Citizen.
That was before she noticed there were only nine men ahead of her, however. She asked the organizers of the race if she could run for the full marathon, even though she had not registered for it and had registered for the other event. Chris Uszynski, the race director told the race organizers he would allow her to do so.
She won, with a time of 3:11:48, which qualified her for the Boston Marathon.
Fitzmaurice said she had never before ran more than 20 miles. She added the adrenaline "pulled me through." She said she was "in the zone."
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