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      Marquette Marathon Expo draws hundreds

      Racers everywhere are flocking to Marquette this weekend for the fifth annual Marquette Marathon.

      FOX UP's Kelsey Niemisto caught up with two women who are entered for the marathon as a relay team.

      Last year, they were able to place first in the Marathon Relay, and they are truly inspirational.

      "It was really exciting. It was a little bit stressful once you get going, but then it's really exciting. Our team did really well last year. We placed first, so we really worked hard this last year so we can defend our title and try to take first again, said Vicki Nelson.

      Vicki Nelson, Dana Pelkola, and two of their friends are all gearing up for tomorrow's Marquette Marathon.

      The ladies are running as a team for the Marathon Relay, and have been training about ten hours per week together for months.

      "Between 20 and 25 miles a week running. It varies. Sometimes it's six, sometimes it's four. Sometimes we do slower runs, sometimes we do faster runs. It just depends on how we feel," said Pelkola.

      The Marquette Marathon was started five years ago, and is comprised of five races; The Kids Fun Run, the Blackrocks 5K, the Half Marathon, the full Marathon, and the Marathon Relay.

      There are over 950 people registered for the races, and organizers say they expect many more to sign up.

      But Nelson, Pelkola, and their friends aren't too worried about the competition.

      They have something else unique about them that they say is an advantage.

      The women range in age from 20's to 50's.

      "I love that, because we're representing four generations and it's just very very exciting," said Nelson.

      Organizers say they sincerely hope to see many people out tomorrow to cheer on the runners.

      "We really hope that we are able to pack Third Street tomorrow, especially for that finish, and welcome all of our runners across the finish line. Someone has given it the catch-phrase of 'rally for the runners' so I hope that that catches on and that people come out and support all of the racers, rain or shine. Just bring an umbrella!" said Jeri Mommaerts, Race Director.

      The Marathon begins at 7:30a.m. on West Euclid Street in Ishpeming.

      The Half Marathon begins at 9a.m. at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee.

      THe awards will be given out at 1p.m. at the finish line in Marquette.

      There are brand new courses for all three races as well.

      To check out the race details and see the maps of the new courses, click here.