Marathon organizers keep close eye on James River

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – With the Suntrust Richmond Marathon now just hours away, organizers are keeping a close eye on the James River water levels.

"I'll be ready to swim if I have to, triathlon's next," said Laura Calvin.gain, organizers say they don't anticipate any course changes. 

Calvin stopped by the Arthur Ashe Center Friday night to pick up her race number. She's no stranger to running marathons. Although this is the first time she's competed in Richmond.

"T-shirts are straight ahead," said one race volunteer.
Calvin will join 16,000 runners early Saturday on the soggy 26.2 mile course.
"I'm hoping for a very pleasant somewhat sunny course," said Calvin.

A swollen James river has kept organizers glued to weather reports. Mile "9" falls on Riverside Drive. Race director Jon Lugbill says he's personally surveyed the river at that point on the course which was just above flood stage late Friday.

"That really is only a factor if it goes over Riverside Drive and right now all the information we have it's not going to happen so we're good to go," said Lugbill.

Lugbill says there's an alternate plan, but doesn't expect to use it.

"I think the runners I don't think there's anything they have to worry about I think the course is going to be great and in super condition," said Lugbill.

First time marathoner Ja Jones is just happy mother nature eased up after days of relentless rain.
"No worries if there's water in the way I'll run through it," said Jones.

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