It was great weather for this year's Albany Snickers Marathon.
More than a thousand runners crossed the finish line.
"This is actually probably the biggest sporting event that we
stay involved with as far as one of our manufacturing sites. So is exciting for
a site like ours to be involved in the community as be the primary sponsor, so
it really fun," said Mack Phillips, Mars Chocolate Site Director, Albany.
The marathon started early at 7 a.m. and runners signed up for the
26-mile course ran for more than two hours.
"It was four hours and 4 minutes, it wasn't my best but I was
glad I finished. I had a lot of fun out there, the course was great. I would
definitely come back and run this course again," said runner from Atlanta.
Tifton resident Gina Purvis says she's ran the Albany half
marathon eight times.
"I won third place in my age group. 1:57:04. So that's pretty
good," said Purvis.
Abraham Kogo from Kenya is this year's Marathon winner, clocking
in at 2 hours and 34 minutes.
"The race was good, the course was good. I like it,"
Kogo say he didn't run his personal best and plans to train harder
for the Boston Marathon.
"I cannot go next year, but I expect to go in 2016," said
The Albany Marathon is a top 10 qualifier for the Boston marathon. Lindmila Stepanova was this year's overall female winner.
percent or 120 runners in the race qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon.