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Travel chaos affects European numbers for marathon

Travel chaos affects European numbers for marathon
Travel chaos affects European numbers for marathon
Travel chaos affects European numbers for marathon
Travel chaos affects European numbers for marathon

Moroccan Olympian Abdellah Falil never made it to the Boston Marathon due to the travel chaos caused by an Icelandic volcano that erupted last week.
Seven of the race's less heralded runners got a reprieve from the Boston Athletic Association when they were allowed to pick up their bib numbers on Monday morning.
Usually, the race closes registration on Sunday at 6 p.m., but an exception was made for Europeans with travel problems.
Thousands of flights were canceled throughout Europe when the volcano erupted last week and spewed ash into the air, making it unsafe for jet planes. Falil was repeatedly rescheduled before he withdrew early Sunday morning.
A total of 23,021 of the 26,735 runners who signed up for the race did make it to the starting line _ about the same rate of no-shows as usual. But many European countries saw a sharp drop.
Only three of 39 Danes who signed up for the race did start, along with 20 percent of the French and British, one-third of the Germans and half of the Dutch, Irish and Swiss.
The Greeks, who had an unusually large contingent to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, 68 of 71 runners made it to the start.
There were only two runners from Iceland signed up.
Both started and finished.
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ONE STEP AT A TIME: Actress Valerie Bertinelli ran the race as part of the Boston Athletic Association charity program, finishing in 5 hours, 14 minutes, 37 seconds.
The "One Day at a Time" star and ex-wife of rocker Eddie Van Halen as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge, which funds cancer research. She was among about 1,350 people who were expected to raise more than $10 million this year for charities.
That would put the program, which provides bib numbers in exchange for a pledge to raise money, over $100 million since it began in 1989.
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MAPQUEST: Women's winner Teyba Erkesso didn't have much time to waste at the finish of the Boston Marathon, with Tatyana Pushkareva closing fast.
But Erkesso, who had never run Boston before, almost made a wrong turn at the finish line before a police officer got her straightened out.
Erkesso may have been confused by a volunteer pointing to the right, to where race officials were holding up the winner's tape. She veered too far to the right and appeared confused.
After a few hand gestures back and forth, the policeman directed her toward the chute, and Erkesso broke the tape with 3 seconds to spare. It was the third-closest women's finish in marathon history.


Updated : 2021-10-18 09:06 GMT+08:00