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Organizers Prepare for Eugene Marathon

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Marathon is just three days away and organizers are starting to feel the pressure.

They want to make sure things go as smoothly as possible this Sunday.

This time last week, the Eugene Marathon was calling all volunteers. Now preparations were well under way for the Eugene Marathon’s eighth year.

“Thursday is a really busy day. Basically, when we’re setting up, we’re unloading from our storage unit setting up here at Matthew Knight Arena for the expo and also getting the festival area over at Hayward Field set,” said Tate Kelly, event coordinator.

This is actually the first time the event is being held at Matt Knight. This year is all about new, not only a new expo venue but also new partnership and new date.

“That was all by design. We’re hoping to combine such an amazing event at Hayward Field with the IAAF World Championships and the more than 200 countries there and try to connect the world of road runners and track and field,” said Courtney Heily, event coordinator.

The changes have put a few bumps in the road. For example, getting volunteers hasn’t been easy, but organizers think that’s just a result of the date change rather than lack of interest.

“We draw so much of our volunteers from local high schools and teams and also University of Oregon students, so it’s been really different,” Tate said.

And while the total number of runners is down by about a third, the number of national and international participants have about doubled. And with close to 6,000 people still on track to take part, their biggest concern is making sure things run smoothly.

It’s not to late to sign-up to run or volunteer. You can do so at the expo Friday. Click here for more information.

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