Runners who participated in the Army Ten-Miler on Sunday can now find their times for a portion of the race on the event's Web site, www.armytenmiler.com. Because of an unexpected course change during the race, times were not made available to the runners until yesterday.
Organizers had to reroute the more than 13,000 runners during the race after a report of a suspicious package under the 14th Street Bridge. The threat turned out to be a pile of construction material.
As a result of the improvised course, this year's Army Ten-Miler was not an official race, and no awards were given.
"Because the course was modified, the official race was declared a recreational fun run and was not scored," race director Jim Vandak said. "We estimated that the recreational fun run distance was 11.2 miles. Although we will not issue awards, a time reading at approximately the 6.5-mile mark is posted. We also have posted a pace chart that will give runners an estimated time for an 11.2-mile run.
"These are not official times. These times are not sanctioned by USA Track and Field."
The only time readings available are the ones recorded at approximately the 6.5-mile mark near the U.S. Capitol. That was the only place on the course besides the start and original finish lines that had a mat to record a runner's chip information.
The mats from the original finish line were not moved to the new finish line, which meant no timing information was recorded when runners finished.
Although Vandak said most of the e-mail his office received has been understanding, some runners have expressed frustration.
Before learning of the decision to post times, Eric Ries, 47, of Bethesda, was annoyed that finish times weren't provided.
"If I felt that I wasn't running that well, it wouldn't matter as much. It irritates me . . . because I paid my money," he said.
-- Kathy Orton