Final preparations made for Albany Marathon

It’s been a busy week along the Flint River, as the City of Albany finishes preparing for the 13th annual Albany Marathon.

Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director, Rashelle Beasley says they are ready for more than 1,000 runners.

Especially since it’s a qualifier for the Boston Marathon in April.

Beasley says, “It’s awesome for us, we stay in the top 10 qualifiers for Boston, which puts us as grace you want to check out.”

There are two marathons taking place: a half-marathon, and a full marathon. The full marathon will see runners starting at the Albany Civic Center, running across the Western, and Eastern Albany State University campuses, before crossing the Flint River, and finishing at the Albany Visitor’s Bureau.

In addition to Beasley working with the city to organize the marathon, local business owner, Chris Phillips is helping the runners make any last-minute preparations.

Phillips tells us, “On the store side, I am helping all runners fill their needs as they prepare. A lot of people put a lot of time and effort getting ready for this one race.”

Despite the on and off rain, crews have been hard at work, making sure everything is ready to go Saturday morning.

That includes road closures across the city.

“We also have the support of the Albany Police Department and the Dougherty County police, to stay at major intersections. Make sure our runners are safe, make sure that they’re stopping traffic because it is a race, the runners can’t stop for traffic,” says Beasley.

With the final touches being put together, runner Stephanie Pezzullo from Ocala, Florida tells us, “I’m excited, I’ve never done it. It’s a good opportunity to get out there, and I’m gonna try and do my best to come in one of the top women, and have some fun, and use it as a good workout for future races.”

The only thing left is to wait for the runners to take their places at the starting line.

The Albany Marathon is set to start at 7 A.M. on Saturday, March 2.