Thursday, July 24 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:46:21 GMT
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night.More >>
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night. More >>
ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -
Albany is gearing up for a busy weekend, runners from all over the world are in town for the marathon and downtown is gearing up for the annual Mardi Gras festivals.
Those involved in the event have supplied residents and visitors with the a course map, detailing areas of the town that will be affected by runners. The race will off of Front Street near the Civic Center and pass through major roads such as North Slappey and Old Dawson Road.
Organizers say over 1,400 people will be running in busy areas and drivers need to be cautious. They will have road marshals monitoring several intersections make sure people are following traffic rules.
Race director, Rashelle Beasley, has one message wants drivers to be know.
"We ask the community be respective of the runners, realize that they're trying to meet a goal and for this one day runners will have the right of way," Beasley said. "So, just be patient, these are people coming in and boosting our economy and we just want to show them great southern hospitality."
Some participants include people from the UK, Austria, Canada and Venezuela. She says this is the time that we can show what Albany has to offer.