The All-American Marathon is a keystone event for the community, according to John Malzone, Downtown Alliance member.

“When we heard about the All-American Marathon the first year, those of us involved with the downtown area for a long time got excited because we saw the potential in it,” he said.

The Downtown Alliance and City of Fayetteville have partnered with Fort Bragg’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for this year’s race.

The All-American Marathon and Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon both start at Festival Park in historic downtown Fayetteville.

There will be several activities in downtown Fayetteville throughout marathon weekend, according to Malzone.

The weekend kicks off with the return of Fourth Friday, a monthly event that brings music and special performances to the downtown area. This month’s theme is, of course, “All-American,” and Malzone said the streets will be decked out in red, white and blue.

The fun continues on Saturday with the Health and Fitness Expo/packet pickup at Festival Park, from 8 a.m. to 8 pm.

Malzone said he is excited for the weekend’s events.

“If you’ve been on Fort Bragg or the surrounding counties and haven’t come downtown, this would be a great opportunity to come downtown and have a great time,” he said. “Coming to the kickoff ceremonies of the All-American Marathon and being a part of that at Festival Park will be a real eye opener.”

To register for the race, visit www.allamericanmarathon.com.