TOLEDO (WTVG) - The Glass City Marathon is usually ripe for new event records as the 2018 race had both the male and female winners set new marks as they came through the finisher's tape.
This year's race is up about 500 entries from those that actually finished the 26.2 mile course in 2018.
"Based on just the quality event that we've developed over the last decade has really attracted people from more than four hours away," Glass City Marathon Race Director Clint McCormick said. "Certainly it's becoming a regional, major marathon."
Dave's Running is one group contributing to the increase in the 2019 Glass City Marathon participants. Its Marathon in Training group meets a couple times per week and is up about 40 runners this season prepping for spring marathons or even half marathons.
"As the people come and join the program, they continue to come back," Dave's Running Wellness Director Jim Pool said. "They continue to tell others and they draw them in. And the camaraderie of the group is what continues to make this thing grow."
Michelle Wolfe is a stay-at-home mom from around Toledo and she is now stranger to the half marathon race distance. She is one of many training with the Marathon in Training group for the 2019 Glass City Marathon on April 28. This is Wolfe's first 26.2 mile race, so why the Glass City event for marathon No. 1?
"Ottawa Hills," Wolfe said. "The houses and everything. The town, its so beautiful. I love just looking at everyone and everyone just sitting in their yards, cheering us on."