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A lone jogger casts a long shadow while running at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore., Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.
AP Photo/Don Ryan
That’s gotta hurt.

A race in Bangkok set an unfortunate record for the world’s longest half-marathon

By Frida Garza

Half-marathons—the slightly more palatable version of full-length marathons—are supposed to be 13.1 miles (21 km) long—but a recent race in Thailand was unintentionally quite a bit longer. Due to a mapping mishap, runners in the Standard Chartered Bangkok marathon last Sunday were subjected to an extra-long run: almost 17 miles, or 30% longer they had trained for.

The Jogging Association of Thailand apologized on Monday (Nov. 16), saying, “It will not happen again in the future.”

The marathon’s Facebook page was flooded with comments criticizing the race as “ridiculous,” a “massive miscalculation,” and “incredibly dangerous.”

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