Runner Finds Creative Solution to a Mix-Up

Massachusetts woman runs her own half-marathon after signing up for far-away race
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2019 9:45 AM CDT
She Signed Up for Half-Marathon on Wrong Continent
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A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half-marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean, per the AP. Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sept. 15. She decided to run 13 miles that day anyway, only on this side of the pond.The Boston Globe reports Pereira sent the English race organizers a picture of her route.

The 42-year-old runner's fitness app showed she completed her own half-marathon in 2 hours, 5 minutes. After Pereira explained the mix-up, the Worcester City Half Marathon sent along a medal, a shirt—and encouragement to travel the 3,000 miles to participate in person in next year's race. "I don't know much about Worcester, Massachusetts, but Worcester, England, is a beautiful city and well worth a visit," says a race organizer, per the BBC.

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