MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Organizers are working to make sure the Montgomery Marathon runs as smooth as possible, expecting this year to be bigger than ever. More than 500 people have already signed up for the Montgomery Marathon, half marathon or 5K. The event will bring in runners from around the country.
The race will start in front of the water tower at the Alley on Tallapoosa Street downtown. It ends inside Riverwalk stadium. It is a Boston marathon qualifier.
"When a community like Montgomery has a race like this, it's a benchmark, it's a feather in our cap," says Michael Briddell with the City of Montgomery. "It says Montgomery is a great place to visit, a great place to live, almost like having Uber, or a concert series or an airport, it's just something that you check off that progressive communities have."
"It's a very scenic course, you get to see all the great things about Montgomery, we've designed it for that," Montgomery Multisport organizer Greg Miles says. "It is designed down to the yard to be a Boston qualifier marathon. But the backside, you get to see the air force base. Not a lot of people see the Air Force Base day to day, so it's really beautiful and that part is flat and fast."
Last year the Montgomery Marathon raised over $25,000 for local charities. New this year, it will raise funding for a new scholarship competition for local high school seniors who show unique abilities and swimming biking or running or triathlon sports scholarship will be awarded in April.
The Montgomery Marathon and Half starts at 7 a.m. on March 12th. Find more information at this website.