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VIDEO: Countdown to Kalamazoo Marathon begins; how you can still be involved


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- This year’s lead up to the Kalamazoo Marathon has gotten much national attention. The talk has been centered on the outpour of responsiveness from the Kalamazoo running community showing their support and solidarity for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

If you haven’t gotten involved yet, the good news is there is still a chance to take part in the upcoming weekend’s festivities. For those wishing to run, online registration for all races is still available through Wednesday. If you decide later than Wednesday you’d like to run, there’s an opportunity to sign-up at the Kalamazoo Marathon Expo this Saturday at Wing’s Stadium. There will, however, be no day-of-race registration available.

For those wanting to show their support there are many opportunities for spectator involvement. Regarding the participation of spectators, Race Director Blaine Lam says, “One of the most important components of this race is the support of the people.” He added, “Seeing a stranger cheer you on is more powerful than you think.” Lam told WKZO over 2,000 cowbells will be distributed to spectators linig the streets and there will be 16 ‘spirit stations’ set up along the course to encourage runners. The 'spirit stations' are compoased of community groups such as Girls on the Run and the YMCA who will be dancing, playing music, giving live performances, and even bacon grilling for the runners.  

To see all spectator possibilities as well as where to set up along the course check out the Everything Kalamazoo Marathon page.

Another way to show your support this Sunday is available right at your fingertips. Simply text MARATHON to 80373 and be entered into our WKZO Kalamazoo Marathon database where you can then text us any words of encouragement for the runners and we can read them LIVE over the 96.5FM airwaves.  By signing up, you’ll also receive news updates on the race as they happen. Remember that standard message and data rates apply.  

Watch above for comments from race director Blaine Lam on how you can take part in supporting the 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon.