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Apr 25, 2014 6:38 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

3rd Annual SLO Marathon kicks off this weekend

Runners from all over the world are preparing for the 3rd Annual San Luis Obispo Marathon this weekend, and organizers are putting the final touches on the big race. Get Off the Couch Potato Sports Productions said the event takes a year to organize. Saturday is the 5k race, and Sunday is the half and full marathon. But, Friday was just as busy of a day for the marathon organizers. "We've got about thirty bags... I've got sunscreen!" said a volunteer at the Get Off the Couch Potato Sports Productions office off Suburban Road in SLO. For those organizing the SLO Marathon, Friday was kept busy with packing boxes and grabbing last-minute supplies. It's just the start of a busy weekend. Event director Heather Hellman said, "We're going to have probably over 4,500 people that have registered for this event this weekend." Hellman said they are also getting ready to host runners from near and far. "It is really exciting. We have people coming from 42 states here and also I think seven countries," said Hellman. But, it's not just the marathon-goers that make this happen, it's a team effort. She said, "We have over 900 volunteers working with us this weekend, so I think that's what's really changed." This year with more volunteers came more sponsors and a bigger budget. "Half a million. A little bit more than half a million and it's all locally produced," said Hellman in regards to this year's budget. But for Hellman, she said the hard work and long days of preparation are worth it as she watches runners cross that finish line. She said this year, third time's a charm. Hellman said, "I just think it's the community involvement this year has really really grown. Seeing the smiles on those faces, putting the medal over their head and just knowing that we really help them accomplish something."

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