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Volunteers help with cleanup after Knoxville Marathon

1:00 AM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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Even though the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is wrapped up, organizers are still cleaning the course up.

The marathon, which had over 7,500 participants, brought runners to more than 26 miles of roadway across Knoxville.

Dozens of volunteers stuck around after the race to make sure the course was returned to normal. According to race director Jason Altman, the city picked up the hundreds of cones it placed down to guide runners. All the while, contractors broke down fences and tents.

But, he said there is still some work to do.

"We're going to be returning four or five trucks today, [but] we've got three pods that we've got to load this week," he said. "So, there's a big cleanup process."

The course had 18 water stations where runners drank from more than 100,000 water cups. That material found its way to the trash with the help of volunteers like Brian Barsce.

"I just love volunteering and being out with the community," he said.

Altman said the snacks leftover from the event were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

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