West Texas Crossroads Marathon 10/5/13
CBS 7 News
October 5, 2013
Before the sun came up this morning it was chilly and windy, but that didn't stop runners from all over the Southwest from competing in the Sixth Annual West Texas Crossroads Marathon which is a qualifier for the famed Boston Marathon.
Runners took their marks bright and early for one of four events, the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon which is said to be the fastest qualifying race for the Boston Marathon due to the lack of elevation changes.
This year over 500 competitors registered for the races. Proceeds helped benefit the Medical Center Health System Friendship Home and the Crisis Center.
"They're just not running for their best time, they're running for many people who can't run for themselves and that's what this marathon is about," says Race Director Tami O’Bannion.
The half and full marathons both began at Crossroads Fellowship and ended up at Ratliff Stadium.
But some runners finished much faster than even they expected.
"Well I had a real good race going, right on time to qualify...and I followed all the signs but I guess somewhere we missed one and ended up finishing a little bit early," says runner Robert Reynolds.
Reynolds, along with other front runners, accidentally went off course, disqualifying them from the race completely and more importantly, the Boston Marathon.
But for Reynolds, all hope is not lost.
"There's more races coming up. Tucson Marathon, Phoenix Marathon, Austin Marathon…So hopefully I can qualify in one of those and then be on my way to Boston," says Reynolds.
Race officials commented on the disqualified runners saying it's the racers responsibility to navigate the course.