Richmond benefits from NYC cancellation

Participation in Saturday's Richmond Marathon will be at a high in the race's 35-year history. Sorensblog.blogspot.com

Even though the cancellation of the ING NYC Marathon was a huge upset for thousands of runners, there is a small silver lining: Many other marathons around the country are filling up and even selling out thanks to in-shape New York runners who want to test their fitness.

According to an article posted on the BizJournals Web site, the Richmond Marathon is enjoying record participation in its 35-year history.

Set for Saturday, the Richmond race will have 6,500 participants -- hundreds of which are displaced New York City Marathon runners.

"We believe there was a direct correlation to the close of the New York Marathon," said race director Lisa Randolph. "We were up to about 700 registered over the weekend."

Last Friday, the half marathon sold out; as of Monday, there were still 560 spots available for the marathon.

Race officials are scrambling to prepare for the increased turnout and have announced that some changes will be implemented, such as mailing out finisher medals instead of handing them out on race day.