Bangkok makes marathon runners run extra miles

Published on : Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bangkok marathon perplexes runners with 7km of extra runBangkok made a tactical blow by inviting people to run the longest half-marathon. Instead of 13 miles run through Thailand’s capital, the Standard Chartered Bangkok marathon on Sunday accidentally extended its annual half-marathon to almost 17 miles. The runners were taken by surprise when they were asked to run a bonus of almost 4 miles.




The participants blew several complaints on social media and cursed the organisers for making such a hash of the entire event. The Jogging Association of Thailand, one of two organisers of the race, admitted to the error. Songrakm Kraison, its vice-president said that such a mistake will never be repeated.



The race organisers pointed the runners in the right direction making them U-turn in the wrong place. This further added the 3km [1.8 miles] to each lap, therefore more than 6km were added to the whole half-marathon,” Surapong said. “We have rebuked the association but we could not do anything else.”




There was tremendous rebuke on Facebook from runners who described the error as “ridiculous”, a “massive miscalculation” and “incredibly dangerous” for runners who had trained to run just 13 miles. There were others who said that this race should be renamed as the super half marathon, or the by product of race inflation as there was an increased price this year for which the racers had o run the extra kilometers.

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