Runners prep for 2014 Eugene Marathon: 'They don't call it endurance running for no reason'

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Some of the racers in Sunday's Eugene Marathon are getting some tips for the big day while picking up their race numbers at the Health and Fitness Expo at Matthew Knight Arena.

      Race organizers expect nearly 6,000 runners from across the nation and world to hit the 26-mile course through Eugene.

      "I look for races all over the country that are fun and challenging, and also fast and furious. So I love the scenery and I love to just get out there and run," said Scott McLelland, a marathon runner from North Carolina. "It's more of a mental endurance. They don't call it endurance running for no reason."

      Racers picked up their registration packets on Friday and Saturday at a booth at the week-long Health and Fitness Expo.

      McLelland said he remembers the months of hard work and sweat put into training each time he gets handed a race bib.

      "I have a whole regime of mental conditioning and eating right. And you have to put the miles in, so I train 5 days a week," said McLelland.

      For first-timers like Cleven Mmari, even the half-marathon course is a milestone in the making.

      "I've done Butte to Butte, but that the most I've done and I'm excited for this one so I'm trembling a little bit. We'll see what happens," said Mmari.

      In spite of the butterflies, Jamie Thierman said she's proud of the hard work that has gone into her first marathon.

      "There's been a lot harder than I thought it would be but its crazy how fast you get used to it and can get started on that mileage," Thierman said.

      Whether you're confident about the marathon or feeling the nerves everyone's in it together.

      Both the marathon and half marathon are taking place this Sunday at 6 am at Hayward Field.