Time is counting down to the first LEO Run to Remember Marathon. Both the full and half marathons of the race will start at 7am at Northeast Park on Saturday, November 3 and travel towards downtown. The runners will pass through several historic Meridian landmarks. While the registration money for the race goes to Alzheimer's research, the money people spend on hotels, food, and gas is a direct benefit to the local economy.
"Marathons, if they're put on right, they can grow, they can develop, and they can quite an economic impact on the community that hosts them," says Tim Irvine, who is working as an adviser with the LEO Club.
Irvine also tells us that having a marathon in Meridian has been tossed around for a few years, but now that one is finally coming, the running community has embraced it.
"As far as a running community, Meridian is strong," Irvine says. "It's one of the strongest of any place I've lived. Very tight knit, and they've really come together and surrounded this idea for a race."
One hundred thirty participants have already signed up. Since this marathon will be right here in Meridian, it allows many who live right here who have been thinking about running one the opportunity to do it at home.
"It's quite an accomplishment for someone who may want to scratch this off their bucket list, or this is their lifelong goal and dream. It's quite an accomplishment for anyone to do," says Irvine.
For more information and to register, click on the attached link.