Football, marathon, parade on tap today

This weekend is packed with events, with three events in particular: the Fountain City Classic, Soldier Marathon and Bi-City Veterans Day Parade.

First is the marathon, which starts at the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, at 8 a.m. today.

The race is expected to draw hundreds of participants.

There are several options for runners of all experience, including a 5K, relay, half-marathon and a full marathon.

Registration starts at $25 for military and $30 for civilian. The most expensive race is the relay: $225 for military and $280 for civilians. You can register before the race from 6 to 7:45 a.m. at the museum.

The marathon raises funds for several organizations, including the museum and House of Heroes.

The sixth annual Veterans Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. in Phenix City and crosses the 13th Street Bridge before it comes down Broadway. With 160 groups, it will be largest since the event started, said organizer Jerry "Pops" Barnes.

Last in the day will be the the classic, now celebrating its 25th year with a contest between Fort Valley State University and Albany State University.

Game time is 2 p.m. today at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, 600 Fourth St. Admission is $20.