Runners lace up shoes for Winter Blast Marathon

Updated: Sunday, February 17 2013, 03:49 PM EST
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PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Runners are lacing up their shoes and getting ready for a frigid and exhilarating run to celebrate a major milestone for the City of Portage.

The city is turning 50 this year, and to commemorate, it's holding a year of events, starting Sunday with the Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K.

Runners took off at around 8:00 a.m. from Portage Central High School.

There were some road closures in the area, naturally, to accommodate the race.

"It's going to be a busy day in Portage for a Sunday morning," said Portage Mayor Peter Strazdas. "You're going to see 1,000 people in February going out to do races."

"We have a half-marathon, a little more than 13 miles going around the southern side of Portage, and the east side of Portage," he added.

The Mayor also told Newschannel 3 that a Memorial Day parade is planned, as well as a 50th Anniversary concert, as part of Portage's usual Summer Concert Series.

They're also hoping to break ground this summer on a new park adjacent to the Bishop's Bog Park.

In addition to the looks to the future, Mayor Strazdas says it's also time to reflect on the past as well.

You can see some of that history inside City Hall, where pictures hang showing the old days of the township.
Runners lace up shoes for Winter Blast Marathon
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