ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of runners laced up their shoes for the 10th annual Albany Snickers Marathon.
It was off to the races Saturday morning for hundreds of runners in the 2016 Albany Snickers Marathon. Trauma survivor, Stephanie Freeman ran to raise awareness for brain injuries.
"When I was 14-years-old I suffered a brain injury from a car accident," said Stephanie Freeman, Runner. "So I was in a coma for two months of my life. I had to learn how to walk, talk, everything again."
She founded the brain trauma organization, "Share Your Strong."
"So here I am today running 26 miles for this cause," said Freeman. "It's very special to me."
Spectators cheered on the runners like Chuck Mitchell who used a bell to give them support.
"The purpose of the bell is so I don't lose my voice," said Chuck Mitchell, Supporter.
He traveled from Orlando, Florida to watch his daughter run the marathon.
"This is like her third marathon this year and she's trying to run a marathon in all 50 states," said Mitchell.
Half-marathon runner, Quintin Miles, was the first person to cross the finish line at an hour and 14 minutes.
"I'm feeling pretty great," said Quintin Miles, Half-Marathon Winner. "This was my debut half-marathon so I'm pretty excited."
Miles is from Clairmont, Georgia and says his motivation was to make his parents and coach proud.
"I mean they're always here for me," said Miles. "My parents do so much for me coming out to all of my races at 5 in the morning, waking up at 4 in the morning. I want to just make them proud and race well for them."
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