More than 2,000 athletes this year are expected to run the Tyler streets as three races unfold on Sunday.
The first event, held in 2010, drew 1,800 participants, with only 30 percent of those registrants calling themselves Tyler residents, she said. Last year, that grew to 45 percent of the 2,061 participants.
Ms. Morris said she expects about the same percentage of out-of-towners for this year’s event, meaning a big boost to Tyler tourism.
“It’s hugely important,” she said of the event’s place in the tourism industry here. “Most of these folks are going to stay at least one night in Tyler.
As they did last year, the three races will begin from the Rose Garden Center area, according to the event’s website. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
The marathon will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the half marathon at 8 a.m. and the Tyler Fit City 5K at 8:15 a.m. An award ceremony for the 5K winners will begin at 9:15 a.m., with marathon and half marathon awards at 10:45 a.m.
For more information, go to website: tylermarathon.com/index.html.