GREEN BAY - Crews are gearing up for Sunday's Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and runners can expect some changes this go-around.
Pre-race activities kicked off at Lambeau Field Friday afternoon.
More than 13,000 runners have signed up for the races this weekend. They say it's time to hit the pavement.
"It's been a long journey for me, took off about 40 pounds to do this, so been training a lot to do this, to get to where I can run this distance of a race. Pretty sure I can't do the long run, but I'll give the short one a whirl," explained half marathon runner Scott Thompson.
"Yea, ready! Ready to cross if off my bucket list," said runner Sarah Murray.
Runners will notice a few changes to the race this year. Race officials say they've improved their procedures.
Organizers had to cancel the race last year, after temperatures in the 80s sent 18 people to the emergency room.
"We have more medical resources relative to an event our size that is considered typical," explained race director Sean Ryan. "So we have 20 medical tents, which is really twice as many as last year, a lot more medical personal. And we're working with Ham Radio operators and so we have a much more elaborate communication system this year."
And with the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Ryan says they're not taking any chances.
"Based on what we've been told by local public safety, there's no reason to expect any threat to this event, but just to put everyone's fears at ease and address concerns, they will see elevated security this year at the start and finish lines, so there will be a lot more uniformed officers," Ryan said.
In honor of the victims in Boston, there will be 26 seconds of silence before Sunday's race. One second for each mile of the marathon.
Runners will also wear these blue and yellow wristbands that say "We Run as One."
If you weren't able to pick up your race packets on Friday, don't worry. You can still pick them up at Lambeau Field on Saturday.
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