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Fewer runners taking part in Beach to Bay marathon

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The number of runners this year participating in Beach to Bay is down from last year, according to organizers.

One reason for the drop in turnout is last May's water crisis.

Organizers believe that they have had a little over 10-thousand runners sign up this year. That's 2-thousand less than last year, which means less money for hotels and businesses here in town.

"It could be from last year, we had a little bit of a scare from the water boil but it worked out well," said Adrian Marquez, a Beach to Bay liaison. 

Last year's water concerns had an impact on the 2016 marathon. Organizers received donations from Portland and even San Antonio, and using bottled water and ice were able to run the event successfully. In 2016 here were about 19-hundred teams. This year, they only had 17-hundred.

When organizers saw the numbers weren't as high, they waived the late fee in attempt to get more people to sign up. But another concern, the hot weather, might also have played a role in the number of people that signed up. 

"Beyond the water aspect of it, I have been doing Beach to Bay for the last 7 to 8 years and last year was one of the most brutal races. It's always been hot, last year was kind of overcast, and I almost fainted," said Marquez.

Many of the runners who will take part in this year's marathon don't seem concerned by water or weather issues, however.

"Last year they were very accommodating at restaurants at our hotel and with Beach to Bay everybody was really good about it," said  Brooks James, a runner from Victoria. 

Some of the runners taking part are there regardless of the heat or water, for personal reasons.

"Yeah, it's my family tradition. My whole family is going to be coming to watch and cheer us on," said Edward Orosco Jr., who has been a runner for 9-years.

Organizers of the Beach to Bay run are already looking towards next year. They're hoping a great run this year will bring the numbers back up in 2018.

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