ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The 30th Annual Duke City Marathon is on Sunday and it is expected to bring in big crowds, which is a big plus for the city of Albuquerque.
The marathon will be held at Albuquerque's Civic Plaza and It is good news for the local economy.
Five thousand runners are expected to hit the streets, including hundreds of people from all over the country.
City representatives expect thousands of dollars to go to hotels, restaurants and small businesses. Lots of vendors come out especially for this event to sell food and concessions.
"Those businesses that are involved in that way make it an excellent opportunity for our local small businesses,” Terri Cole, President of Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, said.
Cole says she even sees people come to the state as tourists, fall in love with the place and move to New Mexico.
This will be biggest race in Albuquerque since the Boston bombings back in April, so expect heightened security.
There are a few changes this year to ensure everyone stays safe.
Runners will notice lots of officers in uniform. Officers will be patrolling the streets and part of the course that runs along the Bosque. Surveillance cameras have always been used for this event, but this year. the Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department will have more people dedicated to monitoring video extra carefully.
The spokesperson for the sheriffs department says runners can also help ensure the safety of everyone at the race too.
“If you see something suspicious, report it. We'll be all over. If you see something, by all means flag an officer down and let them know,” said Sgt. Aaron Williamson, Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department.
Drivers should take note that Central Avenue and Laguna Avenue will be closed and barricaded during the race.
The race starts Sunday at 7 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Afterwards, the roads will be back open for business as usual.
The Duke City Marathon encourages residents to help the victims and families of the Boston Bombings.
On the marathon website, there is a link to what's called the "One Fund" where donations can be made.
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