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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How could a wrong turn lead someone to run twice as far?
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COMMENTS (126)
  • jackieh.-cas
    12/29/2015 - 06:10 p.m.

    A wrong turn can lead someone to run twice far because they think they are ahead but not ahead so then they run when they see the end of the race. So that how wrong turn can lead someone run twice as far on a marathon

  • linan.-cas
    12/30/2015 - 11:15 p.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone to run twice as far because he did not aware that he has finish his run. He just run with others.

  • annagraceb-pay
    1/11/2016 - 10:39 a.m.

    i can't believe he made the rong turn

  • alexf-coo
    1/15/2016 - 10:35 a.m.

    If the half marathon was maybe just a direct line, he might have went left or right on another road, making it twice as long to get to the end

  • donatellan-bur
    5/04/2017 - 10:20 p.m.

    May be he thought that was the route and when he didnt see anyone he probally thought he was first mabye thats what happened.Also he could've thought he was taking a shorter route back to the finish line that is possibally so.

    My personal comment is that how could he have taken a wrong turn all u basically do is stay with the crowd. Isnt it a marathon but i think this story will forever confuse me

  • Cole G-tar
    5/18/2017 - 09:25 a.m.

    Hey, at least he got some really good exercise.

  • Jacob D-tar
    5/18/2017 - 09:33 a.m.

    cant imagine running that

  • William G-tar
    5/18/2017 - 09:34 a.m.

    That was cool.

  • Sarah I-tar
    5/18/2017 - 10:25 a.m.

    Wow!

  • Peyton G-tar
    5/18/2017 - 10:28 a.m.

    he must be very proud of himself

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