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Eau Claire Marathon set for start on Sunday


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire Marathon isn't slowing down because of a little snow and high water along the race course.

Race organizers are confident Sunday's races will run as planned.

Despite the snow on the ground fans are already lining up along the finish of the Eau Claire Marathon.

"On Sunday morning, I look at the forecast now, 62 degrees, overcast.  It's going to be the best day for runners.  It's going to be the greatest day for volunteers," says race organizer Karen Drechsel.

That's after a lot of last-minute adjustments to the course, including plowing and tree removal, but not everything can be fixed by Sunday.

"Both the half marathon and the full marathon will have some minor re-routes due to the flooding that we had," says Drechsel.

Those will occur along Water Street and push the race course off of the footpath and onto city sidewalks.

"The course will be well marked and we have plenty of volunteers to make sure nobody gets lost," says Drechsel.

The final preparation before Sunday is marking no parking areas and signing them on Saturday so no one gets towed race day.

"If anybody in the city does see the no parking signs, please keep an eye on it because your car will be towed Sunday morning if it's parked there.  We'll try to the best of our ability to keep them up," says Drechsel.

Racing to ready the start on Sunday for the hundreds of runners coming to town.

Runners can pick up race packets Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the YMCA.

You can also view race detour maps and tour several area health vendors at the pick-up events.

As of Friday afternoon the race has the following number of registrations:

Marathon: 378
Half marathon: 1089
2-mile race: 56
Relay: 58 (teams)

Prizes are $1,000 for full marathon and $500 for half marathon first place in mens and womens divisions.

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