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I just received a call from the ING Georgia Marathon folks who were happy to inform us that Decatur WON the Neighborhood Challenge!! Yea!! Thanks to the citizens, the Seed & Feed Band, the city employees and everyone else that helped us make this event a success. I am still amazed that so many people stood in the “cold mist” and cheered the runners on for hours. We were still there when the last runners trotted by. 

Our prize is $3000 which will be put towards a fitness initiative. The city will use the money to “jump start” a new walking program, Walk There Decatur!

Thanks again to everyone who helped Decatur win and show the runners what a great city we live in!

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The official ING Cheering Station for Decatur was at Fellini’s and the addition of part of the Marching Abominables definitely helped rock the cheering section and the runners. Thanks to everyone who came out to help cheer on the runners in the 3rd annual ING Georgia Marathon.

Happy Volunteers at the Hydration Station
Happy Volunteers at the Hydration Station

I hear that Hydration Station #13 was rocking as well, with the addition of music and lots of cheerful volunteers. Thanks to Michael Harbin and his group for getting up early with a lot of enthusiasm and Laura Moore and her volunteers who staffed Hydration Station #11. Thanks to everyone who lined the streets and welcomed the runners to our wonderful city.

I received an email from a gentleman in Kennesaw this morning who was so impressed with our city that he is going to bring his wife back here to shop and dine. He also mentioned that he was running with a woman who had run in Boston, and was more than impressed with Decatur.  Way to go eveyone- this is why we have such a great city- we have great folks living and working here.
I should know later in the week if we won for best cheering, so check back for updates.
Thanks also to everyone who works for the City of Decatur for pitching in to make the marathon safe and fun.

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The ING Georgia Marathon will be coming through the City of Decatur on Sunday morning, March 29 and we would love to have you participate! As the marathon organizers say “Volunteers are the heart and SOLE of the marathon”.


Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered to staff a hydration station. We are still in need of volunteers for the East Lake MARTA Station . Volunteers will have a lot of fun handing out water to the runners and cheering them on. To volunteer, go to www.inggeorgiamarathon.com and click on the volunteer link. Choose  Hydration Station #11 – Oakhurst. The password is COD.


Most importantly, Decaturites are needed to come to the official cheering station at Fellini’s Pizza on Commerce Drive on Sunday morning at 7 am to help cheer the runners on. In 2007, the City of Decatur won $10,000 for the Best Cheering Station and in 2008 we won $5,000 for the second best station. We want to reclaim our #1 title, so wear your orange and bring a noise maker, signage, and/or a musical instrument.  Let’s make noise so the runners remember our city. I will bring some cowbells to share!


Runners are going to vote for their favorite Hydration Stations and their favorite Cheering Section so we want them to remember us! Prize money will to the Decatur Youth Fund for children obesity programs.


For more information on the marathon, contact Cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6573.

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