Longest Marathon, Ever
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It's tough being a foreign athlete, as Japanese long-distance runner Kimo Nakajimi learned. According to the April 1, 1981 issue of the Daily Mail, Nakajimi had gone to England to compete in the London marathon. Due to a translation error, he thought the length was 26 days, not 26 miles. A number of people allegedly spotted him running in the countryside, though no one was able to stop him. The paper attributed the translation goof to "import director" Timothy Bryant, who had translated the rules and sent them off to Nakajimi.
"But I have only been learning Japanese for two years, and I must have made a mistake," he said. "He seems to be taking this marathon to be something like the very long races they have over there."