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(CBC)   Ever enter a half marathon and end up winning the full marathon by mistake? Yea, I hate it when that happens   (cbc.ca) divider line 21
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2013-09-26 08:20:07 AM
Being Canadian, did she apologize to the other runners who meant to run the full race?
 
2013-09-26 08:21:56 AM
She sounds Kenyan.
 
2013-09-26 08:24:34 AM
She should have made that left at Albuquerque.
 
2013-09-26 09:24:06 AM
So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?

That seems.... unlikely.
 
2013-09-26 09:30:23 AM
She should have been dq-ed.
 
2013-09-26 09:31:00 AM

Donnchadha: So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?

That seems.... unlikely.


It is very common and rarely causes much confusion.
 
2013-09-26 09:31:29 AM

Donnchadha: That seems.... unlikely.


this is from my hometown area, this is very very likely.
 
2013-09-26 10:19:37 AM

Donnchadha: So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?

That seems.... unlikely.


Not really.  Most half/full marathons in this area are like that.
 
2013-09-26 11:10:41 AM
I've only run a few halfs, so I'm curious whether or not it's common for a half and a full to be run at the same time and route.
 
2013-09-26 11:18:24 AM

GoldSpider: I've only run a few halfs, so I'm curious whether or not it's common for a half and a full to be run at the same time and route.


Same start time and line with a shared course for a set number of miles is very common.  Clearly cannot be the same course for the entire way (unless you just have the full do two laps).

Often times they will merge to a shared straight away for the finish.  They have usually try to keep the races separate at the finish (i.e. a divider separating the races to different lanes of the road) to avoid having a 2:30 marathon runner having to dodge a 2:30 half walker.  It took a couple faux pas to figure that out though.
 
2013-09-26 11:58:17 AM

Donnchadha: So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?

That seems.... unlikely.


i've done a few half's/fulls where everyone started at the same time.  sometimes they split at some point, sometimes the full did the entire half course and then just continued elsewhere.
 
2013-09-26 12:43:11 PM
Am I the only one that looked at the address bar and saw "as shiat happens"?
 
2013-09-26 01:45:25 PM

Donnchadha: So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?

That seems.... unlikely.


FTFA - But on Sunday, she missed a turn for the half-marathon route, and ran the full marathon. And won. By accident.
 
2013-09-26 01:49:42 PM

bacongood: GoldSpider: I've only run a few halfs, so I'm curious whether or not it's common for a half and a full to be run at the same time and route.

Same start time and line with a shared course for a set number of miles is very common.  Clearly cannot be the same course for the entire way (unless you just have the full do two laps).

Often times they will merge to a shared straight away for the finish.  They have usually try to keep the races separate at the finish (i.e. a divider separating the races to different lanes of the road) to avoid having a 2:30 marathon runner having to dodge a 2:30 half walker.  It took a couple faux pas to figure that out though.


This.  As a regular marathoner I am very familiar with this setup: races usually diverge at about the 5-6mi mark and converge at about 10-11mi (half) / 23-24mi (full).  This divergence or convergence is dependent upon the course (point-to-point vs. a looped course).  At the point the race volunteers and course marshals will usually herd the half and full folks into separate chutes so that you avoid a runner/walker accident from the point of convergence through the end of the race.  I usually finish in the ~2:50-3:00 mark for a full and have to dodge a significant number of walkers for this type of race.  I applaud them for being out there, though; any activity is better than inactivity.
 
2013-09-26 02:01:17 PM
Also, I hope she wasn't trying to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon; registration closed last week with a full field.  It's unfortunate that she may have to wait until 2015 but, thankfully, her race time will still be applicable when registration opens next year.
 
2013-09-26 02:32:56 PM
Wouldn't you notice how long you been running?
 
2013-09-26 03:21:46 PM

IndyMBA: This.  As a regular marathoner I am very familiar with this setup: races usually diverge at about the 5-6mi mark and converge at about 10-11mi (half) / 23-24mi (full).  This divergence or convergence is dependent upon the course (point-to-point vs. a looped course).  At the point the race volunteers and course marshals will usually herd the half and full folks into separate chutes so that you avoid a runner/walker accident from the point of convergence through the end of the race.  I usually finish in the ~2:50-3:00 mark for a full and have to dodge a significant number of walkers for this type of race.  I applaud them for being out there, though; any activity is better than inactivity.


I never mind the start - pace is pace regardless of race.  Though sometimes it gets really lonely real quick when you discover your entire group was doing the half.  On the other hand, if I am doing the half, it is always fun to say "see ya later suckers".

But I really hate it when they don't have a physical barrier between the races at the end.  I just don't have the mental strength to figure out what the group of walkers is going to do when I am at mile 25.  And people get insulted by my random "Ugh....left....albae" attempts to communicate my presence.
 
2013-09-26 05:06:24 PM
*ahem* BULLFARKINGSHIAT
 
2013-09-26 05:47:19 PM
Half marathons are less expensive than the full. And because you took a wrong turn, you are automatically disqualified.

sorry.
 
2013-09-27 05:53:23 AM

Donnchadha: So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?

That seems.... unlikely.


Lots of courses are plotted that way. There are supposed to be signs and marshals to help direct the runners. "5K to the left, 10K/half marathon to the right!"
 
2013-09-27 07:42:15 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Wouldn't you notice how long you been running?


/she's a woman
//probably texting the whole time.
///woman issues

backs out slowly
 
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