The Columbus Marathon in Ohio has announced an unusual service for those runners who are unable to finish the race.
Race Director, Darris Blackford, has revealed that a luxurious 12-seater chauffeur driven limo will be on standby to whisk the stragglers off to finish line so they can complete the marathon with their heads held high.
The 26.2 mile marathon is regarded as one of the top 25 races in the US and is now in its 31st year. The annual race attracts runners from all over the States and further afield, with 5,000 competitors expected to take part in this year’s race on October 17th.
Runners who are unable to complete the 26 mile trek are usually picked up by a bus and taken to the finish line, however Mr Blackford thinks the competitors deserve better than a miserable ride in the back of a school bus, something which he’s experienced himself in previous years.
The chauffeur driven limo is meant to boost the spirits of runners who may feel disappointed about having to drop out of the race. The new service is part of the newly appointed race director’s mission to make the experience more enjoyable for all of those who take part, or partially take part, as might be the case.