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Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon is Aug. 25

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In its four years in Dublin, the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon has tripled in size.

The Aug. 25 running event that began in 2010 is expecting to be filled up at 2,750 runners and raise money for Welcome Warehouse in the process.

David Babner, the race director, cited community support as the reason for success.

"I think that in order for an event to be successful like this it takes the entire city behind it," Babner said, adding the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city of Dublin, Dublin Division of Police and partner OhioHealth have supported the event.

"We created a distance to be more accessible," Babner said. "You can be in a half (marathon), but you can also be in a half of a half."

As of last week, about 200 spots were left in the half and quarter marathon that's become a signature event for central Ohio runners, Babner said.

"It's really become the summer road race to do and people love to come to Dublin," he said. "The city of Dublin has done a great job supporting it. The police department is great to work with ... ."

"(The event) has more than tripled in three years and to be able to have that growth it takes the whole community and it takes the police department and the city of Dublin and the traffic-control people."

The half and quarter marathons take runners through Glacier Ridge Metro Park after a 7 a.m. start.

Runners again will see firefighters running the half marathon in full gear, a tradition called "Run for Fallen Heroes" started last year.

"It was an amazing sight to see last year," Babner said. "They'll have the same relay teams of firefighters that run not only in full gear, but breathing oxygen from tanks."

The First Due Endurance Racing team will have at least two, three-men relay teams of firefighters that will run and raise money for the children of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters that perished fighting a wildfire in Arizona earlier this summer.

Welcome Warehouse, the charity that benefits families within the Dublin City School District who are temporarily in need, will also benefit from the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon.

"Welcome Warehouse has been our charity partner for this year and last year," Babner said. "It's a fantastic cause because people don't understand the needs of people in Dublin. This will bring (attention) to that organization."

Welcome Warehouse is inside Indian Run United Methodist Church and offers services including a clothing warehouse, furniture match program, adopt-a-family program during the holidays and multilingual and mobile computer labs.

Registration for the half marathon is $80 through Aug. 21 and $85 Aug. 22 until race day. The quarter marathon is $60 through Aug. 21 and $65 from Aug. 22 through race day.

Registration includes an event T-shirt, finisher's medal and admission to the post-race VIP party at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The race begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 25 at Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive in Dublin.

For more information or to register for the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, visit emeraldcityhalfmarathon.com.

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