Bangkok half-marathon route blunder leaves runners reeling

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Runners in Thailand were pushed to their limits last weekend after realising the capital’s annual half-marathon route was inaccurate by nearly four miles.

Instead of the usual 13.1 mile race through the city streets, the Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon accidentally told runners to turn in the wrong place, extending the route to almost 17 miles.

The Jogging Association of Thailand, one of two organisers of the race, acknowledged the error after angry runners bombarded social media with complaints.

‘The association apologises for the mistake,’ vice-president of the Jogging Association of Thailand Songrakm Kraison told the Associated Press. ‘It will not happen again in the future.’

The race looped through Bangkok's historic district and past the Grand Palace, with half-marathoners sharing the route with marathoners until a specified turn-off. According to organisers, officials stationed along the route misdirected the half-marathon runners.

By way of an apology event organisers have launched a tongue-in-cheek commemorative t-shirt, which participants will receive in the post.

'The T-shirt will say, "Finisher of 27.6 km"', said Kraison. 'The shirts are meant to apologise and also to honour runners who ran in the longer version of the half-marathon.'