MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It started before the sun came up--last minute runners picking up their race packet. And then they took to the start line.
Thousands of anxious athletes were ready for miles of Montgomery landmarks like Alabama State University, Huntingdon College, and a trek down Dexter Avenue.
"It's been great...great weather today," says one runner at the water station at Huntingdon College.
They came from far and wide--states like California and nearby cities like Birmingham. They each came with their own running techniques, too.
"I'm running barefoot. Because these are the feet God gave me," says Dan Carter.
We caught up with Carter six miles in the race.
"Some of the roads are a little rough, but you just take it one step at a time," says Carter.
But from the first mile to the last, the smiles never left the faces of the finishers.
Many said they were thankful they made it through, and are now wearing that marathon medal with honor.
The race benefited the Joy to Life foundation.