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Runners ready to lace up running shoes

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The runners began pouring into the Hilton Garden inn this afternoon

"Drove all the way from Atlanta to put my running shoes on," said Niki Rowland, runner.

"Yeah I'm going to be putting my running shoes on ready to go," said Izumi Alcorber, runner.

Many of these runners, are used to this. Running a marathon is nothing new to them.

"No this is not my first time, this is actually my fourth marathon," said Alcorber.

These runners say it takes a lot of training to get ready to run 26 miles.

"If you're getting started you just need to start running gradually, but if you're already running but then you want to qualify for Boston you may need to do some internal training," said Alcorber.

Some of these runners have their eyes set on setting a time that's good enough to get them into the Boston Marathon. Others run for different reasons. Liz Ferro is bringing awareness to her non profit that empowers women who have been abused

"This part of it isn't about Boston other than Boston has so much heart and soul in and of itself, and being a runner we all band together," said Ferro.

Friday night the runners were treated to a pasta dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn to get the "carbed up" for the race.  

The wheelchair race kicks off at 6:45 Am, the half marathon and marathon race kicks off at 7 AM.

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