April 4, 2014
Hundreds of people are resting their legs Friday before lacing their sneakers up Saturday for the Charlottesville Marathon.
Runners indulged in a pre-race breakfast of pancakes and mango smoothies before picking up their bibs Friday morning at Whole Foods.
"I'm just trying to carbo-load. I'm going to need all the energy I can get," said Stephen Hernandez who traveled from Texas to run the Charlottesville Marathon.
Hernandez isn't the only our-of-towner who will be tackling the hills of Charlottesville Saturday. With almost 2,500 runners signed up, organizers say most of them are from out of town. Organizers say the Marathon, half-Marathon, 8K Road Race and Kid's Marathon are incredibly popular, and even nationally recognized, because the course has some great historic sites for runner to take in.
"I read about that it's the ten most scenic half marathons in the spring, that's how I got interested. So I signed up and came in for that," said Hinan Ahmed who is running his 10th half marathon this year, but first in Charlottesville.
While both Ahmen and Hernandez are veteran runners, they are a little apprehensive about the hilly course that loops through Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
"I'm a little bit nervous about the hills, hopefully not too many. But I looking forward to just enjoying the sites," Hernandez said.
Charlottesville Police say most of the roads will be open to traffic. The most congested spot will be downtown on 7th and Market, where all the races converge; that area will closed to traffic. Police suggest avoiding that area or taking an alternate route.
All CAT buses, except for route five, will be on a rolling delays and detours.