Officials: Mistake leaves Chattanooga race 0.28 miles short

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a mistake caused the Chattanooga Marathon to fall short of its full 26.2 mile course.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports race officials acknowledged Wednesday that a misplaced turnaround marker left Sunday’s race course 0.28 miles short.

Chattanooga Sports Committee President Tim Morgan says course was certified. He says the mishap was a “human error,” with someone placing a turnaround marker two blocks too early.

The mistake invalidates the times of any of the 529 full marathon finishers who hoped to use their Sunday performance to qualify for other races.

Scott Bush, director of communications for Running USA, says in most cases, the race director of an invalidated race must seek waivers on behalf of participants wishing to use their times to qualify for future races.