Today's award goes to the organizers of a sporting event in Bangkok, Thailand.
An error by race organisers has turned Bangkok into the home of the world’s longest half-marathon.
Instead of a 13-mile run through Thailand’s capital, the Standard Chartered Bangkok marathon on Sunday accidentally extended its annual half-marathon to almost 17 miles.
The bonus miles came as a surprise to runners, who unleashed a tirade of complaints on social media after the event.
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The Athletic Association of Thailand, which oversees athletic events in the country, said it discussed the mistake with the organisers, who “admitted that a technical error happened during the half-marathon event”, said Surapong Ariyamongkol, AAT secretary general.
He said race officials responsible for pointing runners in the right direction inadvertently directed them to make a U-turn at the wrong place.
“It added more than 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.”
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... as one Facebook comment noted, it could be seen as a byproduct of race inflation: “Hey, they increased the price this year, so you get more kilometres for your money.”
There's more at the link.
So, if Runner X was in the lead at the 'legal' or 'regulation' distance, but Runner Y was leading - and was declared the winner - at the end of the accidentally extended distance, does Runner X have grounds to sue to be awarded the winner's trophy and prize money? I should think he does. One can only imagine the ripple effect as it makes its way down the results!