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Over $600 thousand impact expected from Snickers Marathon

This is the 11th annual Snickers marathon (Source: WALB) This is the 11th annual Snickers marathon (Source: WALB)
Marathon finishers will receive one of these medals (Source: WALB) Marathon finishers will receive one of these medals (Source: WALB)
Rashelle Beasley (Source: WALB) Rashelle Beasley (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

While South Georgia is still recovering from January's tornadoes, organizers of the race won't let the storm damage hinder the Snickers Marathon

The paths have been cleared, and the roads are prepared to be blocked off for Saturday morning.

This year organizers say there are about 90 less runners than years past.

While they do believe January's storms may be the cause, they're still optimistic more will sign up Friday afternoon.

The marathon is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $600 thousand.

Runners from 42 different states and four different countries are signed up.

Race organizers sent every participant videos of the storm aftermath ahead of time so runners won't be distracted Saturday morning.

"They can see the destruction early on for themselves and know that while yes we did have some destruction in the running area, we also bounced back and cleaned it up perfectly for everyone not only in the city but those visiting us," said race director Rashelle Beasley.

The Snickers Marathon and half marathon will be Saturday morning at 7.

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