Wrong runner awarded winning trophy at Portland Marathon

Officials gave the winning trophy to a confused third-place finisher

The 2016 Portland Marathon was held on October 9, 2016, (KOIN)
The 2016 Portland Marathon was held on October 9, 2016, (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The man who won Sunday’s Portland Marathon still doesn’t have his trophy.

Event director Les Smith tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that the people assigned to present awards to the top three men and women after the race missed Matthew Palilla.

Instead, they gave the winning trophy to a confused third-place finisher, who asked why they were giving it to him. After he walked away with the wrong trophy, the people handling awards realized the error.

Smith says the runner who got the wrong award has been alerted to the mix-up, and Palilla will get the right trophy.

The Bend man won the race in a time of 2:36:24.