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Nashville man who completed 26.2-mile marathon has no clue it was canceled

Nashville, TN - Nashville native John Winkleman announced on Facebook Saturday afternoon that he finished Nashville's 2020 Rock & Roll Marathon even though the event was canceled back in March.

On Saturday, at 12:45 p.m., Winkleman wrote, "I just finished! And I think I won!..."

The post garnered dozens of positive emojis and supportive comments, but no one in his friends group appears to be aware that the race was canceled either. A review of Winkleman's earlier posts from Friday and Saturday helps explain the misunderstanding.

Friday, 7:14 p.m.:

I'm baaaaaaaaackkkkkkk. 3-month internet sabbatical - DONE! Next up - My first MARATHON! Wish me luck!

Saturday, 6:03 a.m.:

I'm up. Man, it's early. What was I thinking? Wish I could cancel, but it's too late now.

Saturday, 6:45 a.m.:

Just got downtown. I think I'm early. No one's here yet. Early bird gets the worm, right?

Saturday 6:56 a.m.:

Okay, so I couldn't find the registration booth, but there was a table set up by a bar with napkins and a Sharpie. I guess they're trying to save on printing. Anyway, looks like I'm #1. Well, #0001. Haha."

Saturday 7:13 a.m.:

Okay, so I still haven't seen anyone and the race starts in two minutes. I asked some guy and he said they usually start in waves. I'm guessing with the social distancing, they just have everyone really spread out.

Saturday, 7:16 a.m.:

Okay, I just heard a gunshot. I'm starting. See you on the flip side!

Saturday, 12:45 p.m.:

I just finished! And I think I won! Unless they have more than one caution tape, I'm the one who broke it. I'm going to look for the juice station.

Saturday, 2:12 p.m.:

Hey everyone, I just got home. Thanks for all the support. I'm exhausted and never want to do that again. I'll probably stay off the grid until Monday. Have a great weekend.

The Inquisitor reached out to Winkleman for comment but only got his voicemail.

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