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Albany gears up for big weekend

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Downtown Albany is gearing up for one the busiest weekends of the year. Saturday Mardi Gras kicks-off, plus the Snicker Energy Bar Marathon, and SB&T Bike Race.

The events have already generated a lot of revenue for businesses, especially hotels. Many hotels in Albany had no room, Courtyard and Fairfield Inn were booked solid.

"Both of our properties are completely sold out for the marathon," said Natasha Golden, Dir. Of Sales Marriott Albany.

Kristy Lawson has been working the front desk at Fairfield Inn, and said late Friday some visitors were still without rooms.

"They really don't have anywhere else to go in town, some people are going to Tifton to find a room," said Kristy Lawson, Guest Service Representative.

"We book our room pretty early because they get reserved quickly," said Carolyn Houston, Marathon Runner.

Houston and her family are from Dothan Alabama.

"We just got in town, went to the Runner's Expo, we're about to have a power nap and eat next door at Carino's."

"The estimated economic impact is more than $3 million for the events this weekend," said Lisa Riddle, Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Some of that money will go to retailers.

Breakaway Cycles, located in Northwest Albany, took their business downtown to the Runner's Expo.

"We're doing running shoes, sox, and pretty much everything in between; all weekend long we'll have mechanics available for bikers," said Gene Kirk, Breakaway Cycles.

As they cater to customers and guests both businesses are looking forward to next year.

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