An Illinois man unexpectedly received the Quad Cities Marathon this weekend when the 2 Kenyan runners who had far outpaced him had been disqualified after being diverted off the course by a race volunteer bicyclist.
Tyler Pence crossed the end line in 2 hours, quarter-hour, 6 seconds to grow to be the primary U.S. runner since 2001 to win the race by way of the Quad Cities alongside the Mississippi River in Illinois and Iowa. Pence, the top observe and cross-country coach on the College of Illinois-Springfield, logged his quickest time ever with the win and took the primary prize of $3,000.
Pence’s win got here after Elijah Mwangangi Saolo and Luke Kibet diverted from the course a bit greater than midway to the end line when the bicycle rider main them mistakenly went straight when he ought to have turned, the Quad-Metropolis Instances reported.
Race director Joe Moreno confirmed that the bicyclist went the flawed approach however mentioned the 2 runners additionally ought to have recognized to not observe him.
“At that intersection the place that incident occurred, the course was well-marked,” Moreno mentioned. “The signage is well-displayed. The volunteers are there. And the fourth aspect is these elite runners have a gathering the day earlier than to get accustomed to the course.”
Saolo — the grandson of Kenya working nice Joseph Nzau — was on a near-record tempo earlier than the mishap. He has been coaching in New Mexico and making an attempt to scrape collectively sufficient cash to remain within the U.S. along with his spouse and two kids.
Moreno mentioned the race was planning to discover a solution to compensate Saolo and Kibet.