Helping boost the overall numbers is the addition of a 10K, the first time it has been offered in the event.
“The 10K is obviously a great choice for athletes who don’t want to do the half marathon but want to participate,” Augusta Sports Council CEO Brinsley Thigpen said.
Thigpen said beyond the half marathon and 10K, the event will also feature a wheelchair race to support adaptive sports.
“Adaptive sports are important,” she said. “It gives a lot of the physically challenged people in the community the opportunity to participate. We’re thrilled to offer that.”
The half marathon and 10K will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. Both the start and finish lines are at Enterprise Mill. The half marathon course features the same route as last year, with the exception of the runners using 15th Street to get to Broad Street at the beginning of the race.
There are also events on Saturday at Enterprise Mill. An expo will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Following the expo is a Medals for Miles Fun Run at 4 p.m. The race is open to children in grades K-5 and encourages children to run or walk 12 miles on their own before finishing the final 1.1 miles as a group. The race is free but requires registration at augustahalf.org.
Along with the half marathon and 10K on Sunday, the event features food from Waffle House and a band following the run, Thigpen said. The awards presentation will be held from 10 a.m.-noon.