ROCHESTER, N.Y. — LeeAdianez Rodriguez, known as Lee to those close to her, was running late and barely made it Sunday to the start of a 5K race she’d signed up for in Rochester, New York, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
The route seemed to be taking forever and had the 12-year-old wondering why it was taking her so long to run.
She found out why at the halfway point. The AP notes: She had jumped into the wrong race and was running a half-marathon (13.1 miles) instead.
That’s about 10 more miles than she had planned.
So Lee thought about how many miles she’d already put behind her and decided to keep going. The sixth-grader had no idea her mom had alerted police when Lee didn’t show up at the 5K finish line. Lee finished the big race with a time of 2:43:31, which gave her 1,885th place out of 2,111 runners, but made her one of the youngest to pull off the feat.
“I don’t even know how she did it,” her mom tells the paper. “I’m so proud of her.”
Lee only started training for the 5K about two months ago, WHEC notes.
This article originally appeared on Newser: 12-Year-Old Finishes Half-Marathon — by Mistake