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Athletes, Police & Organizers Gear Up for Charlottesville Marathon

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It's all hands on deck as thousands prepare to pound the pavement in Charlottesville Saturday. The 11th Annual Charlottesville Marathon brings runners and spectators from all 50 states.

It was ready, set, go for organizers Friday - busy with packet pick-up and the race expo at the Main Street Arena on the downtown mall.  

Marathon madness is coming to Charlottesville, but organizers say the event is about more than just the race. James Gill founded the Charlottesville marathon 11 years ago.

"We thought, 'what better way to get people to come in and showcase the city than to run 26.2 miles?'" said Gill.    

The race has certainly grown over the past decade.

"I think we started our first year with 500 or 600 people and this year, between the three events, we'll be well over 2,000 people," said Gill.   

With that kind of a crowd, hundreds of police officers will be directing traffic along the course - which starts and ends in downtown Charlottesville.

Organizers say it's an event that makes the city a go-to destination.

"We need a marathon in Charlottesville because there's great ones in Washington, Richmond and Baltimore, Cleveland and everything so we brought that here.  The city loves it," said Marty Roddy, director or race logistics.

A love that really brings the Charlottesville community together.

"It's a million-dollar impact to the city - direct and indirect through sales taxes and that sort of thing and that's why cities like Charlottesville, Richmond, Virginia Beach love these kinds of events because they're healthy-oriented, they bring good people who spend time, spend money and it's good for the local economy," said Gill.

The race expo will continue down at the Main Street Arena until 8 p.m. Friday.

Albemarle County Police Department
Press Release

The Albemarle County Police Department would like to notify the public about a few road closures associated with the Charlottesville Marathon on Saturday, April 6th, 2013.

Old Ivy Road and Old Garth Road will be completely closed for the safety of the runners.  Garth Road to Barracks Farm Road will also be closed.  Traffic will not be allowed on these roadways.  However, citizens living along the affected roads will have access to and from their homes.  The roads will be closed from 6 am until around 9:15 am. 

We encourage everyone to plan in advance and expect these closures and delays.  Traffic will be rerouted to Route 250 West for drivers traveling to Crozet and/or Ivy.

Ten officers with the ACPD will be working the event to help direct traffic.  This is a contractual overtime assignment and our patrol shifts and responses to calls for service will not be impacted.

The Charlottesville Marathon is a huge running event with thousands of people expected to participate.  We want to ensure that the highways remain safe surrounding the event and the runners.  Please plan in advance.

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