Chattanooga Marathon finishers out of limbo despite miscalculated race length

Chattanooga Marathon finishers out of limbo despite miscalculated race length

May 31st, 2016 by David Cobb in Local Regional News

Runners leave the starting line during the first running of the Chattanooga Marathon on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bob Adams, seen in the center wearing a white shirt and checking his watch, was the winner of the full marathon.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

Runners who competed in the March Chattanooga Marathon will be able to use their times to apply for entry to the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Chattanooga Marathon officials made the announcement Tuesday in an email to race participants.

A misplaced turnaround on the full marathon course left the inaugural marathon .28 miles short of a full 26.2 miles and left the race's status as a Boston Marathon qualifier in limbo.

"We are happy to announce that after several months working with the Boston Athletic Association on the adjusted qualifying times, they will allow runners who achieved qualifying performances at the inaugural Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee event to submit 2017 Boston Marathon registration applications later this fall," the email read. "In the coming days you will see another column on the results page with adjusted times for the event."

Full marathon participants have also been offered a discounted rate of $40 for the 2017 Chattanooga Marathon, which is set for March 5.

Race results show that 529 runners finished the full marathon. The half marathon course, which 1,370 runners finished, was unaffected by the error.

The course miscue also affected runners who are part of organizations like the 50 States Marathon Club, which hold strictly to protocols requiring runners to complete full marathons in their efforts to be formally certified for completing a marathon in each state.