MYRTLE BEACH — About 4,000 runners are expected to hit Myrtle Beach this weekend to participate in the fourth annual Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon.
Events began Friday with a Health and Fitness Expo at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, with exhibitors setting up again Saturday to showcase trends, designs and advances in running shoes and apparel from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Runners also will participate in the Eukanuba Coastal 5K and one-mile Doggie Dash on Saturday.
The mini marathon begins at 7 a.m. Sunday at Coastal Grand mall and will end by noon on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at Ninth Avenue North.
The city of Myrtle Beach will close some intersections Sunday during the race. Estimated closing and reopening times are:
• Pine Island Road and Grissom Parkway; closing 7 a.m., reopening 7:30 a.m.
• U.S. 501 and Grissom Parkway; closing 7:05 a.m., reopening 7:40 a.m.
• Mr. Joe White and Grissom Parkway; closing 7:10 a.m., reopening 7:55 a.m.
• 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway; closing 7:15 p.m., reopening 8:10 a.m.
• 29th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway; closing 7:15 p.m., reopening 8:15 a.m.
• 38th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway; closing 7:20 a.m., reopening 8:30 a.m.
• 48th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway; closing 7:25 a.m., reopening 8:40 a.m.
• 62nd Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass; closing 7:30 a.m., reopening 9:05 a.m.
• 62nd Avenue North and Kings Highway; closing 9:35 a.m., reopening 9:15 a.m.
Last year’s event drew 3,800 runners, and participants from all 50 states are expected this year, according to race founder Robert Pozo.
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