Runners Get Ready for 5th Annual Montgomery Half Marathon


By Ellis Eskew

The fifth annual Montgomery Half Marathon is set for this weekend. And runners of all ages are getting ready for the event.
Michael Sallinger finished 3rd last year, and this year he has an even higher goal.

 "Definitely would hope for the overall. But any PR. Just getting out there pushing and discovering new limits is always a goal in mind," said Sallinger.

Montgomery Multisport is in charge of putting on the race each year.
Runners can expect a few minor changes.

"We're going to have specialized T-shirts in individual races that is being taken care of by Judy Barganier  Attorney at Law, and that allows us to have gender specific shirts as well. We all have finisher medals for all races this year," said Greg Miles, one of the event directors.

Runners on the half marathon course will leave from the Alabama News Network starting line at the water tower at Alley Station downtown.
They will then up to Capitol Parkway and across I-85.
They will then run past ASU, through the Cloverdale area heading back past the Governor's mansion and on to the Capitol building before ending on the field at Riverwalk Stadium.

Runner Lauren Fletcher says she looks forward to all the support along the way.

 "Alabama State had a band out there last year, and there were cheer stations at every water stop, so it was really just a great atmosphere," said Fletcher.

Miles says they are expecting a good turnout for the half marathon and 5K race.
But there is another race that is getting quite popular.

"The huge event is going to be the Publix Mayor's Challenge, which is one mile and there are over 800 kids signed up for this race. So it's going to be quite the scene at the Riverwalk Stadium this year," said Miles.

Proceeds from the event go to Children's Advocacy Center in Montgomery.

To find out more information and to register, click here.

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