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Albany to host hundreds of runners for the upcoming marathon

Around 1400 runners will participate in this year's race. (Source:WALB) Around 1400 runners will participate in this year's race. (Source:WALB)
Organizers have been busy with last minute preparations. (Source:WALB) Organizers have been busy with last minute preparations. (Source:WALB)
Rashelle Beasley, Snickers Marathon Race Director (Source:WALB) Rashelle Beasley, Snickers Marathon Race Director (Source:WALB)
Chris Phillips, Wild Side Running Owner (Source:WALB) Chris Phillips, Wild Side Running Owner (Source:WALB)
The annual marathon is something that a lot of people look forward to each year. (Source:WALB) The annual marathon is something that a lot of people look forward to each year. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of runners are expected to arrive in Albany Friday for the 11th Annual Snickers Marathon and Half Marathon.

Organizers have been trying to put the final touches on this year’s race.

“It’s looking very busy, but it’s great. We have a lot of runners coming to town,” Race Director Rashelle Beasley said.

Around 1400 runners have signed up for this year’s full or half marathon.

Beasley told WALB News 10 that the race is a big event for the City of Albany. The marathon brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wild Side Running Owner Chris Phillips said his running shop sees a 20% sales increase during this time of year.

“Most of the time people want to look okay when they’re running. They want the shoes to look they want to feel fresh,” Phillips said.

The local business owner said the Snickers Marathon is one of the best events that the city holds throughout the year.

“The local support is tremendous…the people cheering all throughout the city, it’s a really fun time,” Phillips added.

It’s not too late to sign up for this year’s race.

Those interested can register at the race expo taking place on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Downtown Albany’s Hilton Garden Inn.

Residents not running in the race may still be impacted by the event.

With hundreds of participants running throughout Albany, Beasley said there will be some partial lane closures on roads like Gillionville, Old Dawson, and Palmyra Road.

“There are lane closures. We do not close any roads. The roads will become one lane on the four lanes and then we’ll do partial lanes starting early Saturday morning,” Beasley said.

The race is set to begin at 7:00 a.m.

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