The following happens only in third-world countries, in the movies – and in Cleveland… The Funniest City In America!
A wrong turn sent between 200 to 300 runners off course in today's Rite Aid Cleveland 10K race. So instead of running 6.1 miles some of them ran close to 9 miles. And now the results of the 10K race are in chaos.
According to racers and race officials, a police officer at the two-mile mark of the race (see a map of the route) diverted the car guiding 10K competitors through the course. Highway cones had been misplaced in the area, and some racers themselves who were walking the area had also created a bottleneck.
So instead of going onto the Shoreway, the car's navigator sent runners through the Flats, tacking on as much as 2.7 miles to the race.
Jack Staph, the race's executive director, said he had never seen such a fiasco.
It's unlikely to change the outcome of the men's results. However, the women's results and the results for the top-Ohio finishers and masters (runners older than 40), may be altered. Runners in these categories are awarded cash prizes between $100 and $1,500.
I'm so proud to be from there!