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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – When you think of marathons, you probably think of Boston or New York or maybe even Albany; but Parrott?

The tiny Terrell County town is preparing for next week's Dirt Road Run.

Parrott is a modest size, 156 residents.

"Most of the town was built in the turn of the century," said Mayor Ed Wade, Parrott.

Anna Wade is his daughter-in-law and a runner. When weather closed the course at a Nashville Tennessee marathon, some runners on her team weren't able to finish.

"This was before the floods in Nashville we had heavy storms and threat of hail and tornados," said Anna Wade.

Runners were disappointed after months of training, so she put in a call to the in laws.

"They call me and asked if they could run it down here, they first wanted to run it through the farm and I told them that wasn't a good idea at all," said Ed Wade.

With cooperation for the town and Terrell County they mapped a course.

"It took a little time but everyone has been so good to us," said Ed Wade.

The race will start around 6AM on Memorial Day in downtown.

The group is Team in Training, they have about 25 members many of them live in the Atlanta area, and never experience the feel of a true southern small town.

"I've tried to tell them we're going to be running on dirt roads instead of pavement and it's going to be a little bit hotter, and you have to deal with the gnats, but they're in great spirits about it," said Anna Wade.

It's appropriately named the Dirt Road Run, but it's more than just a change in scenery.

"Team in Training benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I've been humbled by the number of people even in South Georgia who've donated," said Anna Wade.

Come race day the team will bring most of what they need with them.

"They'll bring a lot of volunteers with them, they're basically putting on the race from up there we're sort of working on the logistics down here," said Ed Wade.

Team in training has raised a little more than $20,000 to help fight blood cancers.

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