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Bangalore half marathon leaders get lost, forced to take train

Bangalore Marathon

Half marathon participants run amid heavy traffic during the “Bengaluru Marathon” in Bangalore on October 19, 2014. A marathon ended in farce in India after the pilot car overshot a turn, forcing the top three runners to take a long detour before abandoning the race -- and taking a bus to the finish line. Other screw-ups took place during the race - runners had to line up at the start behind a row of heavy-set security guards who were slow to get out of the way when the flag went down, causing many competitors to trip over them. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Leaders of a half marathon in Bangalore, India, followed a pace car that missed a U-turn, leading them to abandon the race once they realized the mistake Sunday.

“There were no officials on the road where we supposed to take a U-turn,” Inderjit Patel, one of the lost runners, told the Times of India. “We were hoping to finish soon when the officials asked us to turn back. At that point there was no point in continuing the race and we decided to stop.”

At least nine runners were among the lost leading group, one runner told the newspaper.

“We had to beg for twenty rupees as we didn’t have any money with us,” Soji Mathew told the Times of India. “Luckily, some morning joggers helped us and also guided us to the nearest metro station.”

The third-place finisher said he ran at least one extra kilometer.

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