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Runners prep for Albany marathon

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Runners from 36-states are in Albany tonight ready to run Saturday's marathon.

Michael Sherr drove down from Tennessee today for tomorrow's big race. He's says registration was quick compared to other marathons he's participated in..

"I just got here 30 minutes ago and I'm ready. I didn't' have to stand in line for two hours, and was able to park and walk right in," says Michael Sherr, whose visiting from Tennessee.

Sherr and other runners are looking forward to the good weather.

"That's perfect for like shorts and a t-shirt and I might wear some gloves," says Sherr.

"Couldn't be a better day for a marathon," says Ken Levine, visiting from Atlanta.

And everyone has their goals in mind.

"I'm shooting to average a 7:45 pace, and to finish somewhere between three hours and 20 minutes and three hours and 24 minutes,” says Sherr.

"To not walk at any point, and to just keep a good pace," says Levine.

Ken Levine is running his 13th marathon. His mom, who is an Albany native came down to show her support and see the town she loves to visit.

"When she heard that I'm going to be running on it, she's like I'm going," he says.

"I grew up in Albany and it was very special for me to come with him to support him and his sister who is also here with us," says Cookie Levine.

And she's looking forward to seeing him cross the finish line.

"I'll definitely see him finish and be very proud," says Levine.

Mars, the race's big sponsor handed out marathon bars and combos.

The course is known for being runner friendly, mostly flat with few hills.

"I've heard nothing but good things," says Ken Levine.

And everyone has their little things they do to prepare. Levine says he likes to meditate beforehand

"For probably about five minutes and just take it all in," he says.

More than 1400 people are signed up for this year's half and full marathon.

1700 volunteers signed up to help with the marathon.

Many of them will line the route to man water stations and serve as race marshals.

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