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This Marathon Was Derailed By A Slow-Moving Train

Well, that was not part of the participants' race plan. *BuzzFeed Application*

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These racers were forced to wait 10 minutes during a Pennsylvania marathon as a train crossed the race path.

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Many participants were using the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon as a way to qualify for the Boston Marathon. But with this hold-up, those plans were ruined for most.

The delay affected about 100 runners — who were leading the race — as they approached mile seven of the 26.2-mile race. This included 22-year-old Charlie Young, who missed out on qualifying for the Boston Marathon by eight minutes, according to Lehigh Valley Live.

"You put in so much time, money and training and you put your body through a lot, especially with this summer we had, and to just watch it tick away," Young told Lehigh Valley Live. "I don't know how to explain, it is just totally demoralizing."

Another marathoner, Massachusetts native Dave Brown, described the situation to Philadelphia's ABC 6 Action News:

"I was actually throwing my hands up in disbelief as I was running down the hill watching the train kinda go across the course," the 27-year-old said. "The scene was just so chaotic. Nobody really knew what to do."

Some runners didn't let the train stop them and daringly jumped through the gaps between the train's cars, according to several participants.

The race's organizers released a statement responding to the incident the next day:

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Even though the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon officials said they would adjust the times, a spokesperson from the Boston Marathon told ABC 6 Action News that the Boston Athletic Association is "unable to accept the adjusted finish times" in order to maintain the integrity of the race.

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