Thousands of runners will kick off the Hartford Marathon on Saturday morning.
An army of 1,400 volunteers spent Friday at Bushnell Park setting up for the event.
The marathon brings a lot to the city, and close to $14 million is generated.
The average group visiting the city spent $325 last year, and the majority of those from out of state spent $300 on lodging and food.
"I’ve done the full, the half, the relay, not the 5k maybe I should do that,” said Steve Edwards, of Marlborough.
"It’s great for the city - maybe watch it on TV in the morning - I hear the weather is going to be wonderful,” said Karen Allen, of Cromwell.
Friday night was all about loading up on carbohydrates, and downtown restaurants couldn’t be happier.
A number of restaurants offered big discounts on meals and drinks, and Hot Tomato’s said it’s their busiest weekend.
"They are making reservations for 6, 8, 10, 20 people. Not just them and their husband, they are bringing their families to see their loved ones run,” said Keri Denino, of Hot Tomato’s.
For downtown businesses, its more than just a marathon, it’s a three day event where people spend money.
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