How on earth did they mix up the distance?
Well yeah on the 31st Macau International marathon something went wrong and the runners ran 45 kilometers instead of 42 kilometers. I can’t get over the fact myself but yeah somebody (i.e. one of those fast runners) made the wrong turn and the marshalls who were in almost every corner of the route made the wrong signal hence the additional three kilometers.
The runners should know the route
That was what the organizers said in one of the news articles about the error. They of course blamed the early gun start and the rain. Yeah blame it on the rain! Looking at the news about the marathon, the fast runners were Ethiopians and Kenyans who I guess just went to Macau for the Marathon. How on earth would they be familiar with the route? I myself would rely on the directions coming from marshalls and remember the instruction given to athletes is to follow the “Controllers’ indications.”
I could go on with my rants but why am I ranting? It is because I was one of those who ran the extra 3 kilometers. I trained for the marathon and I was all set for a personal record. I was there to beat my personal best of 3:54!
I knew something was wrong when the kilometer markers did not match the distance I ran according to my Garmin. My garmin is rather old so I just thought that there is something wrong with it (it registered 44.8 when I crossed the finish line). I blamed the cold weather as I am from warm and sunny Philippines.
I got really disappointed when my finish time (4:16) was the same finish time I got for the Run United Philippine Marathon. I started walking after running for 21 kilometers in that race as I intended it to be a long run in preparation for Macau.
What really breaks my heart is the fact that my friends were not allowed to finish. They were asked to take the bus on kilometer 35 (strictly it was kilometer 37) as stated in the instructions given to athletes. The chances of them finishing the marathon within cut-off would have been greater if the distance was accurate.
I finished the race, got my medal and my finisher’s shirt. I finished disappointed that I was no where near my best time. This is my first Macau and my first cold marathon experience. Maybe I should find another cold place to run (other than Macau) next time.