Teen takes wrong turn, accidentally runs 26.2 miles Philadelphia police Officer Andrew Schafer watches as runners make their way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia at the start of the Philadelphia Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Teen takes wrong turn, accidentally runs 26.2 miles
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A Pennsylvania teenager's family says he accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon. He missed a turn on his half-marathon course.
 
WPVI-TV reports Evan Megoulas runs on his high school's cross country team in Palmyra. The town is 80 miles west of Philadelphia. He set out to run the 13.1-mile half-marathon. His family was waiting for him at the finish line. They became worried when he did not show up.
 
They say they gave police a photo of Evan. Officers tracked him down in the Manayunk section of the city. He felt good despite missing his turn. He wanted to keep running.
 
Evan's brother says officers wanted a picture with him after he finished the marathon.
 
His time was 5:23:11.

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COMMENTS (126)
  • christinef-hor
    12/01/2015 - 11:09 a.m.

    because you take a wrong turn...

  • ryanstreator-bak
    12/01/2015 - 07:24 p.m.

    Wow!Missed a turn, probably would have fanted if he ran a lot longer.I would get terafied if that happened to me.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    12/01/2015 - 08:40 p.m.

    I think that it wouldn't be very cool that one of the student that participates in a cross country might have went in a wrong turn which turns out that the wrong turn to the finish line is two times as much as the student had ran. I think that the cross country race might have been very tiring because the student should have noticed that he had taken the wrong turn. The teen that might have taken the wrong turn had make his time to be much longer than the other runner's time.

  • christinal-hor
    12/02/2015 - 11:13 a.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone to run twice as far because he took the wrong turn.

  • cheyenner-hor
    12/02/2015 - 11:21 a.m.

    because he didn't take the right path and every path is a different distance.

  • jasmines-nar
    12/07/2015 - 09:43 a.m.

    A wrong turn can make a person run twice as far because if you miss something or any kind of signal you run run miles even days without even noticing because your to caught up in the moment

  • katem-haw
    12/15/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

    Someone can go a longer way.

  • lyndonb-haw
    12/15/2015 - 11:28 a.m.

    It can because the road you turn on could be twice as long.

  • sydneys-
    12/17/2015 - 12:29 p.m.

    That article was pretty good!

  • sydneys-
    12/17/2015 - 12:30 p.m.

    That article was pretty good!
    :-)

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