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:
Last year’s event drew 3,800 runners, and participants from all 50 states are expected this year, according to race founder Robert Pozo.