ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While South Georgia is still recovering from January's tornadoes, organizers and runners are glad storm damage didn't hinder the Snickers Marathon. Saturday's marathon featured runners representing as many as 42 states and four different countries.
Don Ungaro traveled from Orlando, Florida.
"This is my 36th marathon. As I've gotten older, it's gotten harder but I still enjoy it," said Ungaro.
Around 1,400 runners participated in either the full or the half marathon.
Along the routes, an army of volunteers manned water stations to keep the runners hydrated and on the right course.
"People here are so nice. All the volunteers and people in this town," said Ungaro.
Some ran strictly for the fun of it, while others came to qualify for later events, such as the Boston Marathon in April.
Ungaro says Albany's race is always a highlight.
"We love it here. It's such a beautiful place. The river and the quaint little town. It's beautiful," said Ungaro.
Fewer people ran in the race this year than in past years. Organizers say that's because some runners thought the race was canceled due to the storms.
Since the race was still on, visitors ran with storm victims in mind.
"We were worried they wouldn't even have the marathon. We just want to send our prayers and consideration for everybody that was involved in the tornado. I mean, we're hurting after running a marathon but not like these guys," said Ungaro.