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Friday, Jan 24 2014 02:45 PM

'First Look': Bakersfield Marathon hopes to attract runners from afar

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    Bakersfield Marathon organizers David Milazzo, Charles Brown and Kerry Ryan talked about the race preparations on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A marathon is 26.2 miles. And runners will have the opportunity to run all those miles, all at once, here in Bakersfield toward the end of the year.

Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox," organizers of the Bakersfield Marathon talked about the behind-the-scenes of the race.

"We hope that the course will draw people from quite a distance away," Kerry Ryan said.

The route has already been approved by the Bakersfield Police Department and the city. Now they're going for approval by USA Track & Field.

Once everything is approved, a runner's time from the marathon could be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon or the ING New York City Marathon.

The marathon should bring 1,000 to 2,000 runners and the race will start at Cal State Bakersfield, David Milazzo said.

Not only will the marathon attract runners, the economic revenue should also be important as runners come from outside Kern County. It could bring more than $1 million to the local economy, Ryan said.

Race day is Nov. 16. For more information, visit www.runbakersfieldmarathon.com.

 

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