Charleston Marathon hopes to redeem itself, after extended course last year

VIDEO: Runners prepare for Charleston Marathon

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The gymnasium at Burke High School was full of volunteers and a workers Thursday morning, preparing for the 6th Annual Charleston Marathon.

Many runners say this year is a redemption year, after there was an error on last year's race course.

Executive Director Liz Alford said the lead vehicle didn't take the correct turn and caused the course to be extended by two-tenths of a mile.

Alford said the race planners has been very thorough to ensure the same issue doesn't happen this year.

"We've had several meetings with the city police and all our planners and we've increased signage," said Alford. "So, there will not be an issue this year."

Alford said, despite last year's error, race participation is up this year.

On Thursday morning, nearly 6,000 runners were signed up for the 5k, half-marathon and marathon combined. She expects that number to increase significantly by race day, on Saturday.

Alford, and her team, have worked to make up for last year's mistake. Now, like most runners in a race, she's ready to take the next step and move-on.

"We did offer a discount for anybody who ran last year," said Alford. "We gave them a promotional code and gave them 25% off to register this year."

She understands many were frustrated with the mistake. She hopes people give it another chance this year.

"As we grow we grow, we learn each year what needs to be improved," said Alford. "Come back and you'll see. This is a great race. This is a great city."

The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. For more information on the race, click here.

For the specific route the marathon and other activities will take, click here for the maps.

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