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Health expo gets runners ready for big race

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

We are one day away from the Publix Georgia Marathon but the fun and excitement has already started with the Health and Fitness Expo.

More than 16,000 runners have to go pick up their race packet at the expo, but it's much more than just filling out some paper work.

The expo is like a runner's dream. It's a room full of freebies and extras. Some go in your body, others go on your body.

Half marathon Ken Lanthier did some shopping on his way out. "I definitely needed a hat. I burn easy so I had to get a hat," said Lanthier.

Others went for some last-minute treatment.

Half marathon runner Natasha Cleveland was worried about some foot pain she had been feeling. Trainers told her it was likely tendinitis and not something she should be worried about.

"He actually massaged it out. He put some cream on it. It actually feels a lot better right now, so I'm really glad I got it worked out," said Cleveland.

But not everybody really needed something. Some just took advantage of a little pampering as they got ready to go to war with the pavement Sunday.

Rachel Cairo was one of the many people who made their way over to the compression chairs that basically give your legs a massage.

"It feels awesome. I think it's going to take place of my boyfriend," said Caro. As for the race she added, "I think it will help. Let me get back to you tomorrow."

But no matter what you eat, or how good you look and feel, there was one thing the expo just couldn't give to the runners.

"I could use at least two more weeks of training," said CBS Atlanta's Tony McNary, who's running the half marathon.

Sorry, Tony, time is up.

And for a lot of the runners, the race day jitters have already begun.

"It's been a bit overwhelming and I'm still a little bit nervous," said Cleveland.

"I'm not looking forward to mile 9 and 10. There's that steep hill up 10th St. I'm not looking forward to that," said McNary.

But the runners said there's no turning back now.

"We're ready. We're ready. We have no choice. We're ready," said first time marathon runners Melana Singletary and Diana Nichols.

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