|WCSI Local News|
The inaugural Mill Race Marathon was a success. That is the opinion of many local officials.
Ken Long is the event coordinator for Ken Long & Associates, the group charged with managing the marathon. Long says he, and many runners, were very impressed with the Columbus community.
"We got a tremendous amount of comments," Long said.
He noted that several runners were specifically impressed with local community members simply lining the marathon route to cheer them on. Long says other areas that received praise included local police and hospitality.
Long also gave praise to the Columbus Police Department for their hard work. He specifically thanked Chief Jason Maddix for ensuring that there were enough police to help with security and other needs. Long also credited the other local government entities for working together to make the event a success.
As for turnout, Long says it was impressive, especially for an inaugural event in a city of Columbus' size. He estimates that approximately 4,800 people took part in the marathon. Long says he expects to know the actual numbers by the end of the week.
Long says that while the event went well, there were a few problems with keeping some runners on the marathon route. He says there was a spot near the 4.5 mile marker where some of the runners got off of the course. Long adds that there was a second spot near the airport where confusion led a few participants off of the established route.
Long says he is investigating to find out what went wrong at both locations. Long went on to say that he takes full responsibility for the snafus and emphasizes that this will not happen in any future editions of the Mill Race Marathon.
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 7:20:24 AM
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