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Oops! Some St. Louisans ran extra long marathon in Chicago


Chicago, Ill. – A few hundred people who ran the Chicago Lakeshore Marathon on Memorial Day are learning they did a little extra work for nothing.

The course actually measured 27.2 miles, one mile longer than the normal marathon.

The run was Charlotte Dalfonso's second marathon. The 33-year old lives in Creve Coeur, and says it did feel like a longer run.

"There weren't mile markers among the entire path, and it wasn't as organized as a marathon typically is," Dalfonso said. "So I'm not surprised that they messed up and added an extra mile."

At least 6 people from the St. Louis area are listed in the race results as having run the extra-long marathon.

Race organizer Mark Cihlar apologized for the mistake and blames the extended distance on some last-minute second guessing and adjustments to the course.

Dalfonso, at least, takes comfort in knowing she can now say she's run 27 miles, something most marathoners can't claim. She also marveled at the course along Lake Michigan.

"At least the scenery was super."