1000’s of runners gathered within the Metropolis of Brotherly Love for the thirtieth yr of the Philadelphia Marathon weekend. The contributors loved best situations and achieved quick occasions, however sadly, the race ran out of finisher’s medals, leaving greater than 500 runners with out one.
Almost 17,000 runners completed the half marathon and 8K on Saturday, however among the half-marathon finishers who have been over two hours and half-hour didn’t obtain a medal on the finish of the race.
“This was deeply upsetting to seek out on the market have been no medals left,” one finisher wrote on Instagram. “This race has been round for 30 years. How does one underestimate medals by that a lot? X contributors = X medals. #notacceptable.”
“There have been lots of people that didn’t get it close to the top and it’s sort of disappointing while you’re a sluggish runner,” one other finisher wrote.
Philadelphia Marathon organizers mentioned in a press release that they acquired record-breaking registration numbers and anticipated fewer runners to really present up–a really high-risk, low-reward state of affairs. They despatched an apology to all contributors on Sunday, admitting the error and guaranteeing every finisher would ultimately get a medal.
“This yr, we witnessed phenomenal climate, with record-breaking registration and an unprecedented variety of day-of-race contributors. Nonetheless, with nice numbers comes nice duty, and we acknowledge that we fell brief in guaranteeing each runner acquired a medal right now. We perceive the frustration of not receiving a medal after your arduous work. Please know that we’re dedicated to rectifying this and devoted to creating this best for you.”
The race additionally promised to ship a reduction code to medal-less finishers for subsequent yr’s race.
Kenya’s Bernard Koech received the lads’s marathon in 2:14:25 over Joseph Whelan of Webster, N.Y., who crossed the end line 15 seconds behind Koech. Vancouver’s Thomas Nobbs made his marathon debut, ending ninth general, in 2:19:12. The ladies’s race was received by Kenya’s Mercy Kwambai in 2:30:52.
For full outcomes from the 2023 Philadelphia Marathon Weekeed, click on right here.