Boston Athletic Association disqualifies Woodlands Marathon runners from Boston Marathon, local director Fowlkes apologizes

The Woodlands, March 11 – The Boston Athletic Association has disqualified 124 runners who ran in the Woodlands Marathon on Saturday, March 4, from the 2018 Boston Marathon as a result of a course error by the lead motorcycle which directed the lead group in the race to skip the second turn on the full marathon course. The error cut 0.8 miles off of the official certified USA Track and Field course.

Race Director Willie Fowlkes, no stranger to mistakes or controversies surrounding this race, wrote a letter to race participants, apologized for the error, took full responsibility, and promise that 2018 Woodlands Marathon participants would receive some sort of discount.

The amount of training that runners must put into preparing for a marathon, such as the Woodlands Marathon, and the mental preparation required as well make this circumstance tragic for those runners who would otherwise have qualified for the premier marathon event in the world.

 

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