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As the number of full and half-marathon and 5K participants keeps spiraling upward, organizers of the Mill Race Marathon are smiling but watching very closely.
As of Aug. 2, the number of marathon participants was 560, half-marathon 1,857 and 5K 567, for a total of 2,984 with six weeks to go.
As of now, registration can continue all the way through race week, with signup accepted in-person at The Commons on Sept. 26 and 27.
Laura Chasse, a member of the event organizing committee, said organizers expect the number of marathon participants to top out at 1,000 and half-marathon at 2,200, and they won’t need to close registration.
Chasse said the final numbers should naturally peak at a point that event organizers can handle. But they will watch registrations for any unexpected spikes.
The committee wants to make sure they can logistically handle the number of runners that sign up and that they have enough medals.
Although printing extra T-shirts usually is not a problem, getting extra medals at the last minute can be difficult.
Organizers originally aimed for close to 4,000 participants overall, although many doubted that would happen the first year.
Race Coordinator Ken Long figured 2,000 would be a good turnout for the first event, but even he is finding he underestimated interest in Columbus.
“This is going to be a fantastic event,” he told a recent gathering of Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce members. “I think next year the number will double.”
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