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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How could a wrong turn lead someone to run twice as far?
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  • paigea-3-bar
    12/04/2015 - 01:44 a.m.

    A wrong turn could have led someone to run twice as far because this person was intending to run a half-marathon, but he took a wrong turn resulting in double the 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 liked this article because this kid had perseverance. He didn't want to quit, so he kept going. I also think it is funny that he didn't realize he was running a lot farther then he actually intended to.

  • noahf-3-bar
    12/04/2015 - 01:47 a.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone very far away from their desired destination and as a result make them run twice as far, although you have to be pretty careless to make such a mistake, you would of had to not payed attention at all. I found this article pretty funny due to the fact he signed up for a half marathon but "accidentally" ran a full marathon

  • arturo-ver
    12/04/2015 - 09:32 a.m.

    That is really bad that he missed the turn, well at least he ran the whole thing.

  • carterm-hor
    12/04/2015 - 10:33 a.m.

    The authors purpose in writing this article was to inform us about a teenager who accidently ran 26.2 miles instead of 13.1 miles. What I learned was that people don't run marathons for the sake of getting fit, they run them to have fun as Evan said in the article. I agree with the opinions in this article because a marathon should be fun for the runners in the marathon. Also, some people think that marathons are really fun and say that it tests your ability, so the next time you want to do better.

  • luket-4-bar
    12/04/2015 - 10:42 a.m.

    It would be easy to make a wrong turn and have to run half as far. In a marathon the courses are laid out on the streets. According to the story, in this case there was also a half marathon option, which is 13.1 miles compared to the normal 26.2. There was most likley a fork in the road around halfway through the track that had one path for the marathon runners and one for the half marathon runners. When someone is running they are probably focused and don't notice a second path. This is how they could make a wrong turn and have to run twice as far.

  • jackw-4-bar
    12/04/2015 - 11:02 a.m.

    A wrong turn could lead someone twice as far because if you accidentally turn around, you will run back to the start. This article surprised me because if you are running one way, and people are running the other way, you are probably going the wrong way.

  • annas-ver
    12/04/2015 - 01:15 p.m.

    that is amazing how he was still able to run even though it was twice as much he should have.

  • kieranw-3-bar
    12/04/2015 - 08:03 p.m.

    A wrong turn can lead someone to run twice as far because Someone can assume he is farther ahead then most people or maybe he thought he found a shortcut. This is crazy! A teenager running a half marathon and then turns out he ran a full marathon in 5 hours. That is absolutely crazy and so inspirational. I am very proud and inspired for this young man and this truly is amazing.

  • chadm-orv
    12/05/2015 - 09:18 p.m.

    Someone could take a wrong turn and lead them to run twice as far by being tired and not paying attention. When your running for a while and miss a turn ,and say your starting to get tired you might just think it's taking longer because you think your starting to get tired your just slowing down. Even if you're getting tired you should always pay attention to where your running.

  • alic-nar
    12/07/2015 - 08:15 a.m.

    wow! at least he was found and safe. he made it with the time of 5.23.11

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