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12-Year-Old Girl 'Accidentally' Runs Half Marathon

A 12-year-old girl accidentally ran a half marathon after signing up for a family-friendly 5K run. LeeAdianez Rodríguez-Espada, a 12-year-old student from New York, was worried she was going to be late when she went to the starting line of her race. She set off with everyone else and started running. But she accidentally left 15 minutes early with a group of people running the half marathon race.

Lee, focused on putting one foot in front of the other, didn't realize until mile four that the finish line was nowhere in sight. Turning to another runner, she asked how much further. "And that's when it struck me I was in the half marathon instead of the 5k," Rodriguez-Espada said. Instead of dropping out, she decided to keep running.

Brendalee Espada, her mother, lost track of her daughter when she went to park the car. When she got to the starting line, her daughter was gone. "She gave me a really big scare," Espada told reporters. She and the police searched for Rodriguez for nearly two hours.

"She just wanted to finish the race," Espada said. "Two hours after I started looking for her, I see that one of the police officers found her. And I see she has a medal." She finished 13.1 and placed 1,885th of 2,111 finishers but she was among the youngest to run the race. Her mom said, "I don't even know how she did it. I'm so proud of her."

Possible Preaching Angles: Does your race seem longer and more difficult than you thought? Maybe this isn't the race you thought you signed up for, but God had something different in mind for your life journey. Fix your eyes on the finish line and keep running for the prize.

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