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 because 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, 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 but became worried when he didn't show up.
 
They say they gave police a photo of Evan and 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 after he completed the marathon, officers wanted a picture with him.
 
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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  • maxwellc-3-bar
    11/30/2015 - 07:04 p.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone to run twice as far because they might think it was meant to happen and feel that they could keep going. In the text, it says, "He felt good despite missing his turn. He wanted to keep running." The runner didn't panic and turn around, and did the opposite. He kept going and decided that he could handle it. When someone doesn't want to keep going, it is a mental trick and so this teen overcame his tiredness and frustration at not turning and ran an extra 15 or so miles. I think this shows people that they can do anything if they set their mind to it.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    11/30/2015 - 07:24 p.m.

    Wow, he must be really angry because he ran 26.2 miles for no reason. If I were him then I would be really mad. Also, there should be a police to guard the people in the marathon. What if someone kidnapped you. So, you should put all lot of police officers to keep you safe. I wish that I could get famous for that issue. I think it was really amazing to see someone run for 5 hours. I would have quit the running.

  • roselynm-hor
    11/30/2015 - 08:28 p.m.

    A wrong turn in a race can lead to someone running twice as far, because when you are running a long way your brain is really not thinking about where your going. This could have easily happened to anyone in the race, especially if the course wasn't marked very clearly.

    The authors purpose in writing this article was to inform us that you can do things that you don't think you can do. In paragraph three the author states, "He felt good despite missing his turn. He wanted to keep running.". This proves that you have to believe in yourself and always try your best.

    In this article I learned that it you can do things that yourself, or other people don't believe you can do. It is important to keep trying even if others think that you can't do it. I also, know to believe in yourself, push yourself, and never say "I can't".

  • erino-6-bar
    11/30/2015 - 09:25 p.m.

    Taking a wrong turn could cause someone to run twice as far because in the article it said "he accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course." Which makes it seem like the half marathon course starts in the same place and has the same beginning as the full marathon. That would mean that if someone misses the turn that separates the two courses they would be on the full marathon course.

    I was surprised that the teen didn't realize that he was on the wrong course. It seems like he should have been able to tell that he ran much further than the 13.1 miles. I was also startled that he decided to keep running even though he couldn't win.

  • samuelh-3-bar
    11/30/2015 - 09:48 p.m.

    I think he took the wrong turn while he was caught up in the heat of the moment, while taking the wrong turn he most likely realize that nobody was in front, behind, or to the side of him, and didn't notice until he ran 26.2 miles out of 13.1 mile run.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    11/30/2015 - 10:00 p.m.

    I think this is amazing because he ran more than a full marathon in under 5:30:00. That is an amazing feat because running a full marathon is already hard enough so running more is even harder. I wonder how Evan kept up his pace. He must be very athletic.
    How could a wrong turn lead someone to run twice as far?
    Answer: A wrong turn could lead someone to run twice as far by confusing him with the signs.

  • brandons-wes
    12/01/2015 - 09:08 a.m.

    Because maybe the turn was a mike or two from the acutaul turn of the long track so they got mixed up and ran till that turn

  • johnc-wes
    12/01/2015 - 09:09 a.m.

    Because if youbmake a wrong turn you could go the wrong way and not no it. It's important know where your going cause you could get lost.

  • taviana-wes
    12/01/2015 - 09:12 a.m.

    They might think there going the right way but there really not, and keep going

  • nanm-wes
    12/01/2015 - 09:14 a.m.

    A wrong turn can lead you to turn twice as far but sometime it can't because it depend on how far is the turn leading you too.Evan probably had a long path that why he ran a long path.Some path are like shortcut,when you cut though you will see a short way.A wrong lead you to run twice too because the path was long.

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