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River flooding prompts marathon changes

This is the new route of Saturday's 2013 Snickers' Marathon, ending at Thronateeska Heritage Center.

This is the new route of Saturday's 2013 Snickers' Marathon, ending at Thronateeska Heritage Center.

ALBANY, Ga. — The possibility of river flooding from days of rain has prompted organizers of Saturday's Snickers Marathon to change the event's route to avoid any possible flood waters.

Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager Rashelle Beasley said the race's finish line will be moved from Riverfront Park to the Thronateeska Heritage Museum in order to avoid what is expected to be a swollen river.

"We are moving the finish because of the river flooding based on predictions it will crest at 27 feet Friday, which would put the river overflow in the area where we typically have the finish line," Beasley said.

In 2010, race organizers had the alternate route certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier in case it ever had to be used. Runners, therefore, won't miss out on qualifying for Boston because of the change.

Organizers of the Mardi Gras street festival also announced some changes Monday, saying the eastern-most boundary will stop at Front Street rather than including Riverfront Park. The start time has changed as well, with gates opening at 10 a.m.

Prices are $5 for children and adults older than 13. Children between 3 and 12 years old get in for $2, and children younger than 3 enter free.

The marathon and street festival are two of the biggest downtown events each year, with the marathon drawing more than 1,200 runners from around the country and the street festival bringing thousands more downtown.

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

The marathon is a fantastic event! I hope Mardis Gras does well too.

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