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The Woodlands Marathon: Runners won't qualify for Boston after course mistake

<p>A runner who competed in The Woodlands Marathon holds up a medal after finishing the marathon.</p>

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - After hundreds of runners were led off course by mistake, The Woodlands Marathon has confirmed runners will not be eligible to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

The organization posted a statement to Facebook on Thursday.

"We contacted the BAA on March 5, 2017 to review and consider acceptance of our 2017 event results for the Boston Marathon qualification criteria. Regretfully, runners for The Woodlands Marathon 2017 event will not be eligible to qualify and enter registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon. It is extremely disappointing that The Woodlands Marathon will not be represented for the 2018 event." wrote Willie Fowlkes, the race director.

An estimated 120 runners turned in their times after the race to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

The runners were led down the wrong course during The Woodlands Marathon on March 4, 2017.

The distance of the race was cut short by 0.8 mile after an officer mistakenly directed a course volunteer that was leading the runners down the wrong route.

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