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Getting ready for the big race

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Runners from across the nation will soon be lacing up for the Keybank Vermont City Marathon and Relay. Nearly 8 thousand athletes and thousand of spectators will crowd downtown Burlington for the 26 mile marathon.

"We're going to do the marathon relay together as a mother daughter team so we'll each do a half," said mom Janice Green from Naple, NY.

"There is a two person relay and there is a thousand of those teams, so two thousand total people. Then the remainder of the 8k is made up of 3-5 person relay teams," explains Jessica Cover. She is the Keybank Vermont City Marathon Communications Director. Runners checked in for the big day at the MVP Healthcare Sports and Fitness Expo. Each runner for the relay teams will run anywhere from 3 to 6 miles. A distance that, for some, requires a little preparation.

"Did some extra running that I normally would not. More cardio, and cheeseburgers. Just got to carb up," said Jake Hansell.

"It just takes a lot of motivation to get out there and run but once you do, its pretty easy going from there," said Chloe Louthan-Green of Naples, NY.

Runners will be required to use a clear plastic bag for any personal belongings.

"As far as spectators, we just say please pack light and don't leave anything unattended. If you leave a bag unattended there's a very good chance it may get taken away by security," said Cover.

With more than 1700 volunteers making it all possible, runners and supporters are also asked to help keep it clean.

"We partner with CSWD on that and so really wanting people to throw compost if you can, recycle when you can and hopefully really limiting the amount of garbage that we have at the event," said Cover.

And the one thing on the minds of many runners out here.

"I just want to finish. That's pretty much it, finish and have fun," laughs Louthan-Green.

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