Marathon runners delayed by train

U.S. & World

Marathon runners in Oregon were upset recently after a train blocked off their route and caused a nearly 30-minute gap between first and second place finishers.

The delay could cost runners their shot at qualifying for bigger races like the Boston Marathon.

Some of the runners climbed over the cargo, according to CNN.

Union Pacific said mechanical issues on an earlier train caused the train to block the route and apologized to runners who were impacted.

Organizers told reporters they notified Union Pacific and Burlington Northern about the marathon and requested trains not go through the event, but that doesn’t guarantee a train won’t interupt the event.

“I was calling them several times, emailing them, I would wake up in the middle of the night with sweats thinking that we were going to have a train,” said Paula Harkin, marathon organizer. 

Harkin said more than 3,500 people ran the day of the marathon and about 100 of them ran in the marathon.

She said this was her first and last year of organizing the Portlandathon.

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