The New Albany Walking Classic may be more than four months away, but spots are filling up fast.

The New Albany Walking Classic may be more than four months away, but spots are filling up fast.

Phil Heit, race founder and director, said the Sunday, Sept. 12, walking race is going to be a little different this year.

The competitive walking event, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Market Street, will be preceded by a two-day health expo at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

"We are reducing the number of entries from 4,000 to 3,500," Heit said. "We already are approaching 800 in just the first three weeks."

Registration opened April 1 and costs $35. After May 1, the cost to register is $45.

"This year, they have an option," Heit said. "If they don't want to register electronically, they can print off an entry form. The information is on the entry form where they can return it."

Entry forms are available at www.newalbanywalkingclassic.com.

The health expo, once again sponsored by The Ohio State University Medical Center, will be "bigger and better" this year, Heit said. He noted that the expo on Sept. 10 and 11 would be more interactive this year.

"We're going to do quite a number of health screenings," he said.

Last year's expo featured glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.

The expo also will offer cooking classes for children sponsored by the new restaurant Landon's Corners and The Culinary Table catering.

Heit said he and other planners are still in the process of finalizing plans.

"It's too early to tell yet, but there might be some surprises," he said. "I can't say yet."

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