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Jul 12, 2013 6:28 PM by Brenda Bassett - KPAX News

Missoula Marathon: By the numbers

MISSOULA - Organizers for the Missoula Marathon are working hard to get everything ready for Sunday's big event. It takes a lot of work to tie together all the details needed to put this show on.

"There's a few other big races in Montana, but we're the biggest half marathon and marathon in the state," said Anders Brooker, Missoula Marathon Director.

And to put on an event like this it takes a LOT of resources. Organizers are working throughout the year to make sure everything is ready. So what does it take to put on the Missoula Marathon? Let's take a look.

This year, race organizers are expecting 6,000 runners to converge on Missoula, that's up 20% from last year.

About half of those registered are from out of state and that's helping bring in more revenue.

Last year, the race brought in about $1.2 million to Missoula, but with more participants this year they're expecting to rope in more than a million in a half.

"If you've tried to get a hotel in this town the last few days its booked. There's a lot of folks coming to town, it's pretty cool."

950 volunteers will come out to help hand out t-shirts, pour water, and help in any way to make sure the race can go on.

Speaking of water listen to this, a whopping 35-40,000 gallons of water will be poured on Sunday.

That means the 70-80,000 paper cups will come in handy to help hydrate the runners.

And should anyone get hurt, there's seventeen aide stations scattered along the course.

More than 7,000 t-shirts are printed and ready, about 1,000 of those are for volunteers.

And wrapping up at the finish line, a medal will be waiting for each of the 6,000 runners.

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