Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon instead of half marathon, wins race anyway
Meredith Fitzmaurice never dreamed she’d win Sunday’s Run for Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg, Ont.
Especially since the Belle River, Ont., runner planned to run the half-marathon and not the full 26.2-mile race. But a wrong turn sent her onto the marathon course.
“I just run with my watch, so I was watching my time since I planned to do my half in under 1:28,” she said. “I was doing the race as training for my first full marathon in Detroit. But I’m looking at the time and wondering where the finish line is.”
Fitzmaurice, 34, asked one of the bike officials on the course where the turn was for the half-marathon, although she admits by that point she pretty much figured out what she had done.
“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 said. (Photo: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)