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Peoria Marathon Will Feature a Few Changes

Race organizers say they will make the event more convenient for runners.

PEORIA - The second annual Peoria Marathon is just a few days away.

While runners finish up their training, we look at what race organizers are doing to ready the course before Sunday.

“ We are setting cones. We actually just finalized sending out the official course route signs,” said Bryce Garber of ShaZam Racing. It, along with Running Central, is putting on the race.

Bryce Garber and other race organizers have spent weeks preparing for the Run River City Marathon, which includes the Peoria Marathon, the half-marathon, the marathon relay, and the 5k.

Now they can see the finish line.

“ We've worked extensively with the Peoria Police Department to make sure all the critical junctures are taken care of.”

All that’s left are the final touches.

“Last minute preparations for tables, chairs, flagging- you name it for the expo and tent sale.”

Runners can pick up their packets by Running Central instead of down town. That change in location is one of the race’s big changes from year one to year two.

“ We are going to be able to keep our resources essentially under one roof and be able to maximize what we can do to the customer,” said Adam White, Co-Owner of Running Central and its sister company ShaZam Racing.

After reviewing feedback from last year-organizers say the modified parts for the convenience of runners and their 500 volunteers.

“Could cut off this tail over here and some distance in another area to free up traffic earlier in a given territory.”

But the biggest difference for white is the comfort of knowing what to expect on race day

“ Knowing when to zig and when to zag. The first year we were shooting for a moving target; didn't really know what to anticipate.”

The marathon will begin at 7:30 A.M. on Sunday, with the half-marathon at 7:30.

The starting line is at the Caterpillar Headquarters. Runners can register for each of the marathon’s events through Sunday night. 

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