For a number of half-marathoners, including local television reporter Logan Wilson, the race will mark the first time they've run that far – a half marathon being 13.1 miles, a full marathon coming in at 26.2 miles.
She also grew up a huge fan of the US National Team and played high school soccer herself. She loved it. But, unlike the rest of her family, she sort of burned out. By the end of her junior year, she was over it - the playing, that is. She's still a faithful fan.
"I've been doing a Susan G. Komen Race-for-the-Cure 5K ever since I was a kid," she said. But there's some walking involved in that. It's a family thing: a Mother's Day tradition.
"I can work out," she says. "But to run 5 miles is not as easy as it looks." Her training has mostly consisted of running 2-3 miles a couple mornings during the week, before she has to get ready for work reporting the daily news. "I'll do the longer 4-5 mile runs on the weekends," she adds.
I would use the phrase "back in her youth" only Logan is still rather young - still being in her early twenties after all - so let's just say, back she was playing sports as a kid, her family couldn't come watch her. She couldn't stand it, even if they were encouraging her, yelling out things like, "go, honey."
But that's the thing about getting older - sometimes the things we avoided as kids are things we embrace later on.
Over the past few months, Logan has been chronicling The Road to the Wineglass for work - posting a new video every Friday with facts, interviews, and fascinating information about the Wineglass Marathon which has grown from a small local race with 250 runners in 1982 to one of the country's top Destination Marathons and the "10th Best Marathon in the World" according to The Active Times.
Add the spectacular scenery, the chance to visit the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, and all the fun festivities that have become part of this wonderful event, and you're talking one awesome weekend if you're a runner.
One of Logan's favorite things to come out of doing the video series is meeting so many runners and learning their stories. She's enjoyed striking up relationships, like the one she has with Dave Morgan from Athens, PA, and his partner, Mary Wenck, who check in regularly to see how her training is going.
"I'd like to run for a cause, too" says Logan with a smile. "There are so many cool stories about why people run it. So many wonderful people."
And all of those are wonderful reasons to lace up the shoes and go.
This year, I will be at the finish line with race Emcee Craig Flint, Logan's colleague at WENY TV, cheering on each and every runner as they cross that line. But I'll be sure to save a big WOOHOO, WAY TO GO, for Logan. And for being part of something larger!