How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon by Accident

A wrong turn put the runner in first place for a race she never entered

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Headphones on and in the zone, 34-year-old Meredith Fitzmaurice made a wrong turn during a half marathon Sunday.

The mistake caused her to accidentally enter the course of the Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg, Ontario … and finish in first place.

“I had only ever run 20 miles,” rather than the 26.2 miles that make up a marathon, Fitzmaurice told the Ottawa Citizen. “But I think at that point the adrenalin just pulled me through.”

It was a happy mistake though. As the first woman to finish the race, which counts as a win even though she was 10th overall, she qualified for the Boston Marathon.