Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The National Marathon long course resolution

I just got the following email from the RD of the National Half Marathon and Marathon, which I think is a gracious resolution to the long course problem we had. I'm a happy customer. Hooray! My 2nd sub-2:30 half marathon!!! I wrote an email to the DC Mayor (4:09 in the marathon) thanking him for his support of the event and expressing my hopes that he will continue his strong support of DC running.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:57 AM
Subject: Adjusted Half Marathon Information

Dear 2007 Half Marathon participant,

On behalf of the Wirefly National Marathon & The Greater Washington Sports Alliance, thank you for participating in the 2007 Half Marathon event.

I am pleased to announce that we welcomed over 4,600 race participants from around the globe this past Saturday morning including District of Columbia Mayor, Adrian Fenty, who completed the marathon in just over 4 hours.

Included among our field were 2,800 of you who registered for the Half Marathon, making us twice the size of the previous year.

We wanted to make you aware that due to a cone placement error this course was inadvertently .24 miles longer than the 13.1 official distance which race officials had mapped and USATF had certified. While your Official Time remains the same for the event, we are providing an amended section to the posted results. Click below for adjusted half marathon race results.

* Adjusted male half marathon results

* Adjusted female half marathon results

Within this document you will find your converted time, which adjusts your official time for the actual 13.34 mile distance. We sincerely apologize for this error and thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Know that we are taking measures for future races to be sure that this does not happen again. Please report any errors in the results to

What we hope you will remember from the 2007 National Marathon and Half Marathon is the great feeling of accomplishment you felt when you crossed the Finish Line; the sights and sounds as you ran through the neighborhoods and monuments of Washington, DC; and the volunteers, spectators and fellow runners you met along the way.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2008 Wirefly National Marathon and Half Marathon next spring. Stay tuned to our website for details.

All the Best,
Keith Dowling
Race Director
Wirefly National Marathon

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