Silo District Marathon

Runners take off in last year’s inaugural Silo District Marathon. This year’s race, along with a half-marathon and 5K, is set to start Sunday morning downtown.

Those counting at home, anticipating the second Silo District Marathon winding through downtown Waco this weekend, may want to keep in mind it is a numbers game with proceeds earmarked for cancer research.

The Magnolia-sponsored event, which will include Chip Gaines’ participation in the half-marathon, will attract more than 6,000 runners assisted by 400 volunteers and 200 law enforcement officers and other first responders.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 people could line the streets, cheering on the competitors, celebrating at local dining and drinking establishments afterward and retiring to local hotel rooms. That is according to Will Phipps, executive director of the Waco Sports Commission, who applied a 2.5-to-1 ratio of friends and family to each participant.