ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Over the next few days, the Good Life City will be filled with runners from over forty states and four countries for the Tenth Annual Snickers Marathon.
The marathon and half marathon is set to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, on Front Street in downtown Albany.
Organizers say the marathon brings a huge boost to the local economy.
Marathon director Rashelle Beasley says, "You're looking at upwards of a $600,000.00 economic impact, where you have all of these runners coming to town. And it's a great opportunity for them to not only see what's going on in Albany and run through our city, but also be entertained with the Mardi Gras Festival and our Flint River Aquarium."
More than 1,500 runners will participate in Saturday's race; many of those participants being out of town guests. Therefore, local hotels, restaurants, and shops will see an increase in foot traffic the entire weekend.
Merry Acres Inn director of sales Sandy Gregors says, "The revenue generated by [the marathon] with the hotels being sold-out, shopping in the stores, eating in our restaurants, buying gas, it's all so important to our community."
Like many area hotels, Merry Acres Inn's 110 rooms are almost fully booked for the weekend. Gregors says the Snickers Marathon is something that they look forward to every year.
"We've taken extra steps to ensure that our runners are happy," Gregors adds.
On Friday, March 4, the inn's pub, Manor House Pub, will offer runners a "carb friendly" pasta dinner. And on the morning of the race, runners can pick up a "grab and go breakfast" featuring a banana and a bagel with peanut butter.
And for guests wanting to enjoy the complimentary hot buffet breakfast, the Merry Acres Restaurant will open at 6:00 a.m. on the day of the race. The inn has also hired extra drivers to shuttle runners from the hotel to the starting line on Saturday morning.