EUGENE, Ore. -- Racers lined up along Agate Street outside Hayward Field before 6 a.m. Sunday, stretching out as the sun rose before the 2014 Eugene Marathon.
The thousands of runners came from states across the nation, and some were representing 17 different countries.
Runners say it takes a lot of preparation to tackle the 26.2 (or 13.1 half) marathon course.
"Every marathon you do teaches you something different. The training you put in, the time it takes to do it the dedication and patience," said runner Justin Russell. "Every time I do one it's like 'wow'. I learn something new about myself."
Some Eugene Marathon runners made the run about something greater than themselves.
"My cousins newborn was diagnosed with eye cancer recently and is going through treatment so I decided to dedicate my run to raise money for him," said Matthew Bailey.