Two Cities Marathon was a success

November 8, 2009 6:46:01 PM PST
Organizers of the two cities marathon are cheering Sunday's race, calling it a bigger success than last year.A little more than 5,000 people awoke before the sun came up to get to Woodward Park Sunday. Most everyone we spoke to said they just wanted to cross the finish line.

A twenty-six mile marathon. It is no easy task, but with support from loved ones..

"The goal's to finish. The goal's always to finish," laughed Melissa Lund from San Diego.

Anybody and everybody crossed this finish line Sunday.

Two cities marathon organizers said this is the biggest turn out yet.

Director Mike Herman: "Last year we sold out the week before at 3,000. This year we sold out a week before at 5,000."

And the number of sponsors increased as well.

Herman: "Last year it was kind of tough. This year after the success we had last year we had sponsors coming to us finally. That's never happened before."

Over 1,400 volunteers showed up too.

In fact the only trouble seemed to come from re-routing traffic in the area.

"I saw a whole lot more congestion this year than I did in the past," said resident Susanne Ellyson of Fresno.

After complaints last year the city and race officials altered the course keeping Willow open...still some residents said it was trouble.

Ellyson: "If you know your way you're fine. But I've noticed where I live people are driving by looking all over looking for a way to go."

Meanwhile runners and walkers from around the state give Fresno credit for creating a fun and memorable event.

"Fresno was great. The weather was great. The course was nice and flat?.No lines at the bathroom! You'd be surprised how important that is," said a jovial Lund.

Medical teams cared for about a dozen or so people with expected injuries that normally happen during a run like this. Race officials are already planning to host 6,000 people next year and said the sponsors are on board.



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