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Surprising 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon logistical facts


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – May 5 is approaching fast and many having been training for months in preparation. However, it’s not just the runners that have been planning for the big race. The Kalamazoo community will also be turning out in large numbers to show their support.  

You may be surprised to find out what goes into the making of a marathon. Below are some logistical facts about this year’s Kalamazoo race:

12,265 marathon t-shirts ordered for participants and volunteers

69,000 water cups will be used

2,505 gallons of water will be drank

200 eight-foot tables needed

3,300 feet of fencing for runner’s safety

$4,000 worth of cowbells distributed

30,000 safety pins for runners bibs

 50 states will be represented

1,300 volunteers and counting to participate

600 volunteers and counting at water stations

$4,900 worth of shuttle services to and from start/finish

155 on-duty police officers

15 AEDs on-duty along the 26-mile course

$14,000 worth of finisher medals and awards

73 different sponsors

45 organizing race committee members

Stay connected to all the updates regarding the 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon by going to ourEverything Kalamazoo Marathon page here. Receive marathon updates instantly to your phone by texting MARATHON to 80373. Standard Message and data rates apply.