Second Place Marathon Finisher Given Winner Title As First Finisher Ran Too Quickly

Tabatha Hamilton of Trenton, Georgia was the first woman to cross the finish line in the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon last weekend, with a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes, 21 seconds. Lillian Gilmer of Nashville, Tennessee was the second woman to finish at 3:21.28. Ten years Hamilton’s senior, she was initially given the masters award and told she was runner-up in the women’s overall field. It was later determined that Hamilton crossed the halfway mark of the race with a time of 2:06.51. Doing some math, it showed the second 13.1 miles were completed in just 47:30. The judges deemed this feat impossible by natural means, and gave the win to Gilmer. The masters award was reassigned to Jennifer Funk of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

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