Runners’ times from the Reykjavík marathon and half marathon held on August 18 are invalid, RÚV reports. This was stated in a press release from the Reykjavík Sports Union, which details that as a consequence of a last-minute mistake, the route was 213 metres too short.
Barriers at a turning point on the route were moved shortly before the race began to accommodate traffic. Organisers then neglected to return them to their original location before the race began. As a consequence, the marathon and half marathon routes were both 213 metres too short. Although runners’ times are invalid due to the mistake, rankings and prizes in all categories will remain as determined.
“The Reykjavík Sports Union has sincerely apologised to runners for this mistake in an email sent today. This year as in previous years much work and ambition was invested in order to make this running event as splendid as possible and the organisers of the run are devastated over this. It has already been decided to increase the number of inspectors on the route next year to prevent this from happening again,” stated the press release.