The Harrisburg Marathon is getting a huge boost this year -- nearly 1,000 displaced runners from New York City.
Race director Andy Wahila said the YMCA has received a barrage of new sign-ups since NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the race on Friday. He said many runners need this race in order to qualify for April's Boston Marathon, while others just don't want to see their hard work and training go to waste.
Michelle Roos is from York, but now attends school at NYU. She is returning to the Midstate this weekend to run.
"It'll be like a mini-NYC marathon," she said.
Wahila said they usually accommodate about 1,200 runners, but this year that number will double.
"It's unbelievable," Wahila said. "Last year in September when we got hit we actually had to postpone the half marathon and a lot of people were upset and we didn't want to do that, but it's great now to open up Harrisburg to all these people and they're going to come in to Harrisburg and see how unique it is and what a great race we put on."
The YMCA said city residents should expect traffic delays this weekend due to the extra marathon runners in town.
Sign-ups will be accepted through Wednesday evening, Wahila said. It costs $75 to enroll and all proceeds go to the Harrisburg YMCA.
For more information, go to: http://www.ymcaharrisburg.org/.