Roots N Blues Half Marathon Has Record Number of Runners
COLUMBIA - More than 1,500 runners participated in the Roots N Blues N BBQ Half Marathon and 10K Run Saturday morning. Race Director Patrick Hanson said this year's race was the largest yet.
"This is the fourth year for Roots N Blues Half Marathon in conjunction with the festival," Hanson said, "We've got about 900 in the half marathon. And [more than] 600 in the 10K."
Hanson said the race was a way for participants to give back to the community.
"A portion of the race entry goes to "Blues in the Schools" which is a partner charity for Roots n Blues," Hanson said.
The other part of the money goes back into the festival fund and toward putting on the race for next year.
Hanson said for most participants the best part is getting to be a part of the festival as a whole.
"For the entry fee they're getting a $55 ticket to the festival and barbecue and four different bands on the course," Hanson said. "It's something that they all enjoy especially in a beautiful place like Columbia. We have such great trails and a really active community that they get to participate in."
Organizers of the race began setting up at 10 p.m. Friday and worked through the night to get ready for the 7 a.m. start time.