Nov 4, 2014 4:12 PM

Wayward runners in Manchester Marathon to be compensated, race director says

MANCHESTER - The top two runners who ran off course in the Manchester Marathon this weekend will receive financial compensation, according to the race director.

Jayne Cornell said it's unclear why the runners went in the wrong direction near the 24 mile marker, and said there was a sign and a volunteer in the turnaround spot.

Manchester City Marathon organizers met Tuesday to discuss compensation for the two runners, who ended up hitching a ride back to the end of the race after going the wrong way. Officials decided to split the top two prize amounts evenly between the two, giving $1,250 a piece to Jason Ayr of Northhampton, MA and Birhanu Tadesse of Washington, D.C.


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