Racers Envade The DECC For Race Packets

One Last Step Before The Race

Duluth, Minn.

It was busy and the excitement was in the air, as runners by thousands of all ages stormed the DECC this afternoon to get their pre-race packet.

“I am going to finish. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me but I am going to cross the finish line.” Hutchinson said.

With race packets in hand, it was time to head to the Health Expo for last minute necessities before the race.

“Hats, shoes, shorts you name it we have it all” Says William Mcwhorter with National Running Center.”

Runners have prepped for the race for months. First time runner Kim Hutchinson doesn’t know exactly what to anticipate

“I’ve ran 8 miles. That’s all I’ve ran and I’m going to do the best I can.”

Future high school track athlete Spencer Hoeffling is ready to go.

“I’ve run a half marathon before, otherwise I run 9-10 miles.”

It takes a special type of mentality to persevere through adversity.

”Just looking forward to the next point. I don’t go all the way to the finish line, I just know when certain people are going to be coming up and I look for them,” Renee Spangler says.

“You just gotta dig deep. Usually there’s people handing out a little bit of sugar along the way, gives you a good jolt,” says John Hilleren.

For the nearly 10,000 runners, you should expect not much getting done come Sunday.

“They day after usually just a little relaxing. Staying off the feet because my legs are usually pretty tired,” Hilleren says.

“Not much for cooking, not much for cleaning.” Spangler said.”

The soreness will be overcome by finishing something you set out to do.

“I’m going to feel miserable but it’s going to be an accomplishment that I will feel good about that I did it,” Hutchinson says.

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