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 concerned 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 and 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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  • josepht-2-bar
    12/03/2015 - 12:38 a.m.

    The wrong turn made him run a full marathon which is 26.2 miles. He signed up to do only a half marathon which is 13.1 miles. It says "He set out to run the 13.1-mile half-marathon." I think it is interesting because wouldn't he think he ran a lot more miles then 13.1 miles, even before the police found him?

  • tylerw-hor
    12/03/2015 - 02:44 p.m.

    I enjoy this article very much. I think it is cool that he made a mistake and stuck with it now that's cool. I think that is really impressive to say so myself he ran 26.2 miles and he was supposed to run 13.1 now that's something to be proud of. If I were ever to do that would be an awesome accomplishment. Great job, you would have to be highly skilled to go from running 13.1 to accidently running 26.2 miles.

  • taylorp-1-bar
    12/03/2015 - 06:36 p.m.

    A wrong turn can lead someone to run twice as far when their turn makes the run twice as short. In paragraph two, it says," he set out to run the 13.1 mile half marathon." In the previous text, it said that Evan ran 26.2 miles, which was twice his original run. This shows that since he took the wrong turn, Evan ran twice as far. I enjoyed this article because it was amusing to find that someone didn't notice that they ran a marathon.

  • audreyv-4-bar
    12/03/2015 - 06:48 p.m.

    Marathons and half-marathons can take place in the same area, so if someone were to run on the wrong track as they were supposed to; this could lead to running the wrong amount of distance. "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."

    I found this article very interesting to see how a simple mistake such as making the wrong turn can cause to you to run twice as far.

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    12/03/2015 - 07:43 p.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone twice as far because there was probably two races going on. One half marathon and one regular marathon. This teenager ran a full marathon without noticing that he was supposed to be running only half. I thought this article was interesting because his family managed to find him even though he was a half marathon away.

  • allyb-ver
    12/03/2015 - 07:54 p.m.

    I find this really funny. This story is about a boy who ran twice the distance he wanted to and missed his turn. How do you miss that big of a stop wouldn't there be a large sign or something. Also noticed that he was getting really tired and couldn't signs come up to show how many miles have gone bye. Evans time was really good he can run a marathon in five hours and 23 minutes and 11 seconds.

  • sheilah-6-bar
    12/03/2015 - 08:10 p.m.

    A wrong turn lead someone to run twice as far by going completely off course. In the article it says,"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." This shows how a misstep could lead to disaster or amazing things. Instead of running 13.1 miles in the marathon he ran way more than he should have. He never stopped and quit. This article inspired me because of this person's ambition. He never gave up, he just kept running.

  • elijahb-6-bar
    12/04/2015 - 12:48 a.m.

    A wrong turn could mess you up to run twice as far because if you make the wrong turn, the way your going can never end and you don't realize that you made the wrong turn until its too late. I don't get what made him make the wrong turn and if he made the wrong turn wouldn't he realize that nobody else is there with him during the marathon.

  • carlym-4-bar
    12/04/2015 - 12:53 a.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone to run twice as far because the person is exhausted from running and that can lead to not smart choices. It says in the article, "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."
    I didn't know that someone could run for 5 hours and 23 minutes.

  • jilliand-3-bar
    12/04/2015 - 01:29 a.m.

    A wrong turn can lead someone to run twice as far because the turn for the half-marathon was on the same course as the full marathon course, meaning that if someone missed the turn they would then be running a full marathon. In paragraph one, the text says, "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." Since the teenager ran the marathon course because of a missed turn, it shows that the half-marathon course was on the same course as the full marathon. This means people can easily run a full marathon if they make a wrong turn. I thought this article was interesting because the teenager wanted to finish the full marathon even though he was not expecting to.

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