A nine-year-old boy who entered a 5km race missed a turn and ended up winning the 10km race instead.
Kade Lovell had entered the race in the St Francis Franny Flyer 5km route in Sartell, Minnesota and made a wrong turn – and he ended up winning the 10km run instead.
Well, that’s one way to finish a race.
Lovell’s mother, Heather, had been waiting for her son to show up at the finishing line and when he failed to appear, she became worried, and drove the 5k route, looking for him.
She told the SC Times: “I had everyone looking for him, even a fireman. I was like, ‘You need to go find my son.’ I was bawling. This had never happened before.”
Not long after another spectator called Heather’s brother-in-law to let him know he spotted Kade on the much longer 10km route, and she said:
When he finished, I was like,’ ‘You are in so much trouble.’
Upon learning he was in trouble, Kade “started crying” and said he didn’t miss the 5km turn on purpose.
"I was just running," Kade said.
As soon as I saw the 5K turn, a lady told me to keep going straight. So I kept going straight. I was a little confused.
He quickly noticed his mistake when he saw the 10km sign, and thought, “Mum is going to yell at me.”
Kade was the only one to arrive at the finish line when he did, and after the race coordinator announced he finished first, his mum thought that meant first for his age group.
"I was like, 'First in his age group?'" Lovell said. "And she was like, 'No, first overall!'"
Kade ran the 10km race in 48 minutes, and was one minute faster than a 40-year-old man that came in at second place.
Of the top 10 finishers, he was the youngest by far, and his mum won’t forget it.
She told the publication:
It's one we'll never let him forget: Remember that time you accidentally won a 10k?