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Marathon participants and spectators arrive at the University of Manitoba, Sunday morning.

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The sun has barely risen, and even the early birds across Manitoba are hitting the snooze button, but Investors Group Field has already been bustling for hours as workers prepare the finishing touches for the Manitoba Marathon.

The marathon, which is having its 35th event today, will see more than 12,000 people pound the pavement in search for record times, or just good times. Shirely Lumb, executive director of the Manitoba Marathon, said that number is slightly down from last year.

"Right now we're about 700 or 800 down from last year," Lumb said, though that estimate was made Friday afternoon, and registration went up until Satrday at 5 p.m.

Dakotah Charron is an assistant sound worker at the event. He's been up since 2 a.m., but the excitement of the event is worth the early wake-up call, he said.

The expected rain and wet weather on Sunday meant extra preparations for Charron.

"We're prepared for it. All the outlets, we've gotta put bags on them, we've gotta wrap them. We're wiping everything down constantly," he said.

The preparations began long before today though, and in fact as early as when the last marathon ended, Lumb said. A new medical team has been added, and the marathon spent much of the year trying to finance the event, as they are not-for-profit.

"It all comes down to the last few days, and you're going 'oh my god, I hope we've got everything covered," Lumb said,

The weather might not be playing nice today, as showers are expected throughout most of the day. Lumb said runners will have to watch for hypothermia and other risks.

"That's a concern if you're running and it's raining and cold," she said.

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