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Race organizers trying not to make another marathon mistake

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Organizers of the second Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon say they're taking steps to make sure not to repeat last year's mistake - a memory lapse that left the course three-tenths of a mile (half a kilometer) short of a marathon.
Race director and founder Jonathan "Juba" Dziuba says a 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) route was correctly measured and certified. But while setting up, he gave an operations team member the wrong turnaround point.
That meant the race between Pass Christian and Biloxi couldn't qualify runners for the Boston Marathon.
In an email to the Biloxi Sun Herald , Dziuba says they now always check the certification maps for that marathon and for two in Baton Rouge.
Registration opened this week for the marathon and associated races Dec. 8-9.

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