Wrong turn leads to mistake at Santa Rosa marathon

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- To run the legendary Boston Marathon, you have to qualify. That means running a fast enough time in another race, like the Santa Rosa Marathon, which is known as one of the big Boston Marathon qualifiers.

All marathons are supposed to be the same distance - 26.2 miles. But on Sunday, some athletes in Santa Rosa ran more than 26 miles after someone took a wrong turn.

Jordan Kinley, who won the race so far ahead of the pack, he was running by himself. But somewhere behind him, something went wrong.

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Runners came up to an intersection were supposed to turn left. But when one runner turned right, it set the course on the wrong path who followed behind.

It added nearly an extra mile to the race for an estimated 1 to 200 runners. Unfortunately, the extra mile meant that those runners didn't get qualifying times.

It's not the first time there's been drama in the Santa Rosa Marathon. Last year somebody tried to cheat the course.
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