October 11, 2019
I have been training to run the CHAD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) half-marathon for several months now, and the race is just over a week away. And I know where the start line is. It’s in nearby Hanover, New Hampshire.
When Sheila Pereira heard about the Worcester City Half Marathon, she was delighted that a race was being held so close to her home in Massachusetts, so she signed up.
Only she then learned that the race was in Worcester, England.
Undeterred, she mapped out a 13.1-mile route through the “other Worcester” and ran her own race, finishing in 2 hours and 5 minutes.
After she sent the organizers of the Worcester (U.K.) race a message explaining the mix-up, they mailed her a medal, a T-shirt, and an invitation to compete in next year’s race.
I’m pretty sure my race is not in Hannover.