The City of Charlottesville Prepares for April 6 Marathon
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Aside from the big NCAA Final Four game, there are a lot of other events happening around Charlottesville on Saturday. One of those events is the Charlottesville Marathon.
The marathon’s race Expo took place Friday night and runners picked up their packets and numbers to prep for logging their miles.
"Charlottesville is a destination location, people come from all over the United States. This year we have 49 states represented,” said Francesca Conte, president of Bad To The Bone Sports.
Close to 1,500 people are getting ready to hit the streets for the 16th Charlottesville Marathon.
"They go all the way to the Rotunda on Main Street. They come back out on Preston, go through some of the older neighborhoods like Evergreen, Lexington, Poplar, and head out of town on Locust,” said Conte. "We have several events. We have a marathon, half marathon, there's a marathon relay and 8k and a kids-k."
Starting early Saturday morning, progressing road closures will begin around the city.
"Between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. they're not going to be shut down entirely, just temporarily to allow runners to pass through,” said Tyler Hawn, public information officer with the Charlottesville Police Department.
The Charlottesville Police Department advises community members to stay clear of the roads involved to allow things to run smoothly for everyone.
“If you don't have to be anywhere of the path of the marathon, the route of the marathon, just try to avoid the area and if you do have to be in that way, just be patient until our officers. Clear the way for traffic to go through,” stated Hawn.
Before and after the race, another Expo will take place for runners and friends to relax after all those miles.
“We’re going to have White Claw. They're bringing a big RV the White Claw Hard Seltzer, they’ll be doing tastings. We'll have food trucks, Carpe Donut and The Pie Guy will be here,” said Conte.
The race kicks off at Court Square at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
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