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Runners arrive for Half Marathon

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Published: Aug. 17, 2018 at 11:12 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, WV (WTAP)-

Since the mid 1980's the Parkersburg News and Sentinel half marathon has been the sports showcase of the Parkersburg Homecoming.

We are on the eve of the 32nd installment of the great race.

it's 2 events in one: .The 13 point 1 mile half marathon, plus a 2 mile fun run and walk.

Runners were gathering at the Parkersburg Municipal Building on Friday

Those who pre-registered picked up their race packets, while others had the opportunity to register.

The runners are also shared food and running stories at the annual pasta dinner at the St. Francis Xavier parish hall on Market Street.

7 time men's champion Julius Kogo will be on hand to defend his title on the men's side of the half marathon.

Chip Allman is the race director once again this year. He believes he has a quality field, but says the numbers are down a bit.

The half marathon begins Saturday morning at 8:00AM with the fun run following 5 minutes later.

Driver in the downtown area and along the race course are asked to be alert to runners and changing traffic patterns.