Final preparations being made for marathon

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We're just a few hours away from the start of the SunTrust Marathon here in Richmond. But, a lot of work needs to be done to make sure the course is set up. We take you behind the scenes.

It's a race to the finish -- a marathon if you will -- to make sure all the final preparations are ready for tomorrow's SunTrust Richmond Marathon.
"It's always hectic! It wouldn't be a Sports Backers even without that. But, the beauty is it always comes together," says Megan Silva, an organizer with Sports Backers.  
Bringing all of it together will happen by early Saturday morning. But they got an early start Friday morning on the kid's race using a little "foot and eye" coordination.
The kids race is tonight, the main event will happen on Saturday.
"There are so many moving pieces to the marathon," adds Megan, and some of those pieces will soon be moved into place.
Huge barriers are stacked up along the course, just waiting to hit the streets this evening. Putting all of the barriers out might seem like a daunting task. But, the answer is having a football team of players putting them out to keep the runners safe on the course.
As soon as that's done, sponsors signs will go up. Then early -- and not so bright -- Saturday morning "we set things up at 4 am," says Megan, the course signs will go up, along with any last minute preps.
"We are ready. We are ready. We're excited to see it all come together. It's been months of preparations," says Silva.  
A busy night ahead to make sure Saturday's marathon goes off without a hitch.
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