MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Marathon is Saturday, and even if you're not racing there's a good chance you'll feel the effects of it.
The marathon and half marathon cover a lot of ground,13.1 and 26.2 miles to be exact. So expect in several areas of Montgomery as runners make their way along the course.
"From 6 a.m. to about 7:40 a.m., Jefferson Street will be closed from Coosa Street up to North Ripley. Columbus Street will also be completely closed from about 6 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. from North Court up to North Ripley," says Tom Pierce with the City of Montgomery. "Other than that, around town, you can expect some inconveniences, but not necessarily complete road closures. There may be some redirecting of traffic in the downtown area, but most roads are open."
Pierce also recommends those who live on, or near, the course to walk out and cheer on the runners as they pass. You can view the course here.
More than 1700 people are expected to participate in the Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K, so parking could be challenging. "The biscuits lots will be available until 6:45 a.m., they'll need to enter on North McDonough Street," Pierce says.
"Also, all the city parking decks will be open and free, and of course the meters will be free as long as they're not tagged as no parking ." Pierce also says the biscuits parking lots between Randolph Street and Columbus Street are more good options for parking.
The half and full marathons start at 7 a.m., the 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., near the water tower at the Alley and end inside river walk stadium. Your last chance
to sign up is Friday, from Noon until 7 p.m. at packet pick-up in River Walk Stadium.