A Pennsylvania teenager accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course, his family said.

Phildelphia Marathon, 2011.

Phildelphia Marathon, 2011. Image by Dave Herholz / CC BY-SA 2.0

Evan Megoulas runs on his high school’s cross country team in Palmyra, 80 miles west of Philadelphia, WPVI-TV said. He set out on Sunday to run the 13.1-mile half-marathon. His family was waiting for him at the finish line but became concerned when he did not show up.

They say they gave police a photo of Evan, and officers tracked him down in the Manayunk section of the city. He felt good despite missing his turn and wanted to keep running. Evan’s brother said that after he completed the marathon, officers wanted a picture with him.


(Press Association)