A mistake on the course of the Rock ‘n Roll Arizona Half Marathon costs runners from breaking records.
“Race crew misinterpreted a course certification map,” the organisers have said. The error cut the course nearly 940 feet. Craig Davidson who was among the many athletes taking part in the half marathon said “People must have noticed it or questioned it because all of the sudden they ran a quick mile between nine to 10.You can look at your watch and say ‘Ok, how come I ran so fast going uphill?”
An hour and a half into the event, the organisers realised the mistake, and worked quickly to bring the course to the accurate distance.
“Some of the people that ran that were faster ran 12.9 miles,” said Craig Davidson. “Half marathon is 13.1.”