I find it mindboggling that 16,000 people are expected to participate in some way, shape or form in the 19th annual ING Hartford Marathon Saturday.
About 1,700 completed the initial race in 1994 - 400 in the marathon, 600 in the half-marathon and 700 in the 5K.
This year, 3,000 are expected in the marathon, 7,000 in the half, and 2,000 in the 5K.
Alex Magoun won the first Hartford Marathon, then known as the Aetna Health Plans Marathon, in 2:29:54. Kim Goff won the women's race in 3:00:26.
In contrast, last year, Erica Jesseman ran an Olympic Trial-qualifying 2:45 to win the women's race. She is back for her third shot at a marathon (after running the Trials in 2:46 in Jan.) Saturday. Solomon Too of Kenya, who won last year's marathon
The weather is expected to be chilly with a frost advisory in effect until 9 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures could be in the 30s for the start at 8 a.m.