Large turnout is expected for Augusta Half Marathon

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A 16-month hiatus between the last Augusta Half Marathon and this year’s event isn’t hurting turnout.

Augusta Half Marathon route  Special
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Augusta Half Marathon route

With more than 1,000 participants expected to tackle a new course, race organizers are expecting their best event yet. The cost of the race is $55 through Tuesday, and will go up to $75. Participants can register through Saturday.

“Obviously people are responding and signing up,” said Brinsley Thigpen, executive director of the Augusta Sports Council. “If anything, I think it’s had a good effect and gave us a chance to rebrand and look at our marketing strategy.”

The 13.1 mile race will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 26 and will begin and end at Enterprise Mill. Thigpen said the route will loop through downtown Augusta and that the majority of the course, more than 10 miles, is either flat or downhill.

Runners will go up Walton Way past The Partridge Inn and Augusta State University, turn on Highland Avenue and continue down Berckmans Road. From there, they will turn onto Washington Road and go past Augusta National Golf Club and make their way back toward Enterprise Mill. Instead of using Calhoun Expressway, though, they will run around Lake Olmstead before getting back on Broad Street and go past the new Kroc Center before returning to Enterprise Mill.

“It really highlights a lot of Augusta’s key locations,” Thigpen said.

The half marathon is not the only event next weekend. A race expo and athlete packet pick-up will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Enterprise Mill Events Center.

Space is still available for the expo and is open to any vendor with a healthy lifestyle message, Thigpen said. Interested vendors may contact the Augusta Sports Council at (706) 722-8326, ext. 231.

Also Saturday, the Medals for Miles Fun Run will begin at Enterprise Mill at 4 p.m. Open to children in grades K-5, the Medals for Miles program encourages children to run or walk 12 miles on their own before completing the final 1.1-miles as a group during the fun run.

There is no cost to participate, but online registration is required and available at AugustaHalf.org.

ROADS AFFECTED BY THE AUGUSTA HALF MARATHON

For the safety of runners, traffic on portions of the route will be slowed, re-directed or closed to traffic to allow runners to pass. Traffic control will be managed by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be aware of road closures or slowdowns due to race activities. For more information, please contact the Augusta Sports Council at (706) 722-8326 or visit www.AugustaHalf.org.

• Greene Street, Eastbound lane from 15th Street to 13th Street: Closed from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

• St. Sebastian Way, Northbound lane from Greene Street to Broad Street: Closed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

• Broad Street, Eastbound lane from St. Sebastian Way to 8th Street: Closed from 7:50 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

• Greene Street, Westbound lane from 8th Street to St. Sebastian Way: Closed from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

• St. Sebastian Way, Southbound right lane from Greene Street to Walton Way: Closed from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

• Walton Way, Westbound right lane from 13th Street to Highland Avenue: Closed from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

• Highland Avenue/Berckmans Road, Northbound lane: Closed from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• Washington Road, Eastbound right lane from Berckmans Road to Calhoun Expressway: Closed from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Lake Course Drive-Broad Street Exit Ramp: Closed from 8:20 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Broad Street, Westbound right lane from Lake Course Drive to Lakemont Drive: Closed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Lakemont Drive-Broad Street to Milledge Road: Closed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Lake Olmstead Park: Runners inside the park from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Broad Street, Eastbound right lane from Milledge Road to Greene Street: Closed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Greene Street, Eastbound lanes from Riverwatch Parkway to St. Sebastian Way: Closed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

– Staff Reports

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