Volunteers prepare for Blue Ridge Marathon

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Molly Bullington is the Blue Ridge Marathon's Assistant Race Director. She says preparing for the race is marathon in itself!

"We're dropping off coolers, the food for the aid stations, the tables, everything that the aid stations need,” said Bullington. “We're out setting up the signs, mile markers and arrows to point runners in the correct direction."

Her team and around 600 volunteers are working into the night and early morning to set up.

On Friday, she's setting up three of these said stations along the four mile Roanoke Mountain loop.

"We hope they are able to replenish their electrolytes, their hydration,” said Bullington.

They said they their job is a big task because it allows the runners to spend more time focusing on the race.

"My role of stocking the rest stops and being supportive at the finish line or stop line is important for them to be able to accomplish that,” said Bob Bowman, who is a volunteer.

It's something Bullington loves to do and keeps her running as well.

"It's almost like a child to me,” said Bullington. “It is growing and it is flourishing and it's getting bigger and bigger and it's really branding Roanoke as an outdoor town."

The race starts on Saturday at 7:35 a.m. You can watch it on WDBJ7.