updated 6/3/2005 10:45:56 AM ET 2005-06-03T14:45:56

As if running 26.2 miles isn’t enough.

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Runners who competed in Chicago’s Lakeshore Marathon are now getting word that the race’s course was mistakenly set at 27.2 miles — a full mile longer than the traditional marathon distance.

The race was run Monday along Chicago’s lakefront, and race officials are drawing heavy criticism for the extra mile.

Mark Cihlar, the race organizer, apologized for the mistake and blames the extended distance on some last-minute second-guessing and adjustments to the course.

Dan Martin of Aurora, Illinois, was the race’s top finisher. He crossed the finish line in two hours, 50 minutes and 24 seconds.

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