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Scott Crane Memorial Run expecting big numbers

By Bryan Ramos

There is sunshine projected this weekend which is perfect after the winter we’ve been having and just in time for the City of McAllen’s annual McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run taking place Saturday and Sunday.

The marathon, which is in its fifth year, is a USA Track & Field certified marathon and a Boston Qualifier, giving the top runners an opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon which will be held on April 16 in Boston, Mass.

The McAllen Marathon hosted 1,800 runners last year, a number that has already been surpassed for this year’s run. With family and friends watching runners, the number in attendance is expected to grow past 3,000.

The events will kick-off at the McAllen Convention Center – 700 Convention Center Blvd., Saturday Jan. 20 with a 5K and 10K run at 7 a.m. and will be followed by the Kids Marathon Final Mile at 9 a.m. On Sunday, that’s when it gets real. The Full (26.2 mi) , Half (13.1) and 5-man Relay Marathon (26.2 mi)  are set to start at 7 a.m.

Mike Hernandez, Director of McAllen Parks and Recreation, said there is something for everyone at the McAllen Marathon, as a big crowd can help motivate runners and provide the extra push they may need to finish the race.

“Even if you’re not running, there’s plenty of things for spectators to do,” said Hernandez. “Our runners enjoy cheer stations and a lot of noise from people around. We’ve had folks with signs that are out there cheering on runners, even people they don’t know so I think it makes it very uplifting for those that are running.

It feels good when people are cheering you on. You might be thinking I can only go one more mile, or I can only go one more block, but I think when the runners see that the community is out there to support them, it kind of gives you more oxygen, more energy to continue, so we hope to see you out here.”

The marathon, which is in its sixth year, was renamed the McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run in 2015 to honor Scott Crane, the former McAllen City Commissioner who tragically passed away due to a heart attack after running in the McAllen Marathon in 2014.

Due to popular demand, the race has extended its deadline to register for the McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run to 11:59 p.m. tonight! Those interested in beating the last minute registration deadline can sign up at mcallenmarathon.com.

Runners for the marathon and half marathon must be at least 14 years old. Participants ages 14-18 will be subject to evaluation to ensure preparedness for the event.

The full marathon registration costs $110; the half costs $90. There are also categories for a five-person relay — costing $70; a 10K, $30; and a 5k, $25.

There are cash prizes up for grabs to the top men and women finishers in the full and half marathon. Top finishers in each age category will also receive an award. There is a seven hour maximum time limit as the course will close at 2 p.m.

Packet pick up will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center. Runners must have a valid photo ID, those not able to make the packet pick up can send a representative with a copy of the runner’s photo ID.

For more information, contact The City of McAllen Parks and Recreation at (956) 681-3333 or email marathon@mcallen.net

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