This year marks the fourth run of the All-American Marathon and associated races, and 2017’s event is poised to be bigger and better than ever.

The original concept was to bring Fort Bragg and Fayetteville together to offer an event unlike anything else in the area, said Kimberly Tompkins, race coordinator, All-American Marathon.

Tompkins said the course is different for this year’s marathon and half-marathon.

“This year the runners will be running all the way down All-American to Honeycutt then to Knox,” she said.

The change is a result of construction on Knox Street, Tompkins said.

Half and full marathon finishers will also receive a fleece blanket as a gift, which is new this year, according to Tompkins.

Runners can look forward to entertainment presented by the Arts Alliance while they pass through downtown Fayetteville.

Another unique aspect of the All-American race events is having water buffaloes at each water station.

Race participants can pick up their packets on March 25, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville.

The Health and Fitness Expo will occur in conjunction with packet pickup, Tompkins said. The expo will include multiple vendors and the opportunity for attendees to purchase apparel and official merchandise.

Race coordinators still need volunteers for the water stations. Tompkins encouraged spectators to bring signs, radios, music, noisemakers and balloons.

“Anything to help motivate the runners and come out and serve water,” she said.

For volunteer sign up, or to register for the race, visit www.allamericanmarathon.com.