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Canadian woman qualifies for Boston Marathon in an unlikely scenario

Remember that time you qualified for the Boston Marathon…by accident? One day, that is what people may be asking Belle River, Ont.’s Meredith Fitzmaurice after her surprise 10th place finish in the Run for Heroes Marathon held in Amherstburg, Ont., on Sunday.

Fitzmaurice, 34, planned on running a half marathon but after taking a wrong turn, decided to press on and complete the full 26.2 mile marathon. She was the first woman to cross the finish line, clocking in with a time of 3:11:48. Her time was good enough to use as a Boston Marathon qualifier.

In an interview with the Windsor Star, she said that her headphones put her in the zone, perhaps distracting her. No word yet on a sponsorship deal from Beats by Dre.

And, as for making the wrong turn, Fitzmaurice said when she got to the corner it was pretty quiet and there weren’t a lot of runners around her. She blames the mistake on the fact she had her headphones on and was definitely in a zone.

Her completion of the marathon is even more compelling considering she had never run farther than 20 miles prior to the race.

“I had only ever run 20 miles, but I think at that point the adrenalin just pulled me through,” she said. “I just kept thinking you can do this, just get it done. The last couple miles were really tough.”

Here is the full story by Kelly Steele

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