Special to the Journal
Rashelle Beasley from the Convention and Visitor Bureau spoke to the Exchange Club of Southwest Georgia about the upcoming Albany Marathon, which will be held on March 3. She stated that this event alone requires around 1500 volunteers to man locations such as water stations, road marshals, work the finish line, hand out awards, and most important cleanup crews.
Beasley also explained that the event is a qualifier for the famous Boston Marathon, and therefore brings runners from all over the world into Albany for the weekend. Our event is the largest south of Atlanta.
She also discussed how runners love the Albany race, primarily because of our flat area. They are able to maintain a faster pace, and therefore finish with a much better time. This is particularly important for those wishing to qualify for the Boston Marathon. There will be approximately $122,000 given out as prize money to the runners.
A little known fact is what happens to the money brought in by this event. All profits are donated to the Wilson Hospice House. To date the Marathon has donated over $95,000 to this very worthwhile cause.
So what should someone do if they want to train for an event like this, or just want to take up running? Beasley advises them to consider the Albany Run, Walk club. If you’re interested, contact the CVB and Beasley said any member of the staff will give you contact information for this group.
For more information on the Marathon, to sign up to run, to sign up as a volunteer please go to http://www.albanymarathon.com.