Charleston Marathon (copy)

Thousands of participants are expected at the Charleston Marathon. This year's event is Jan. 12. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

Thousands of runners will run through the Charleston area Saturday for this year's Charleston Marathon, which will effectively shut down several well-traveled roadways throughout the peninsula.

The marathon, set to begin around 6:50 a.m. near Burke High School, at 244 President St., will shut down designated roads along the route until 10 a.m., according to the Charleston Police Department.

Motorists and those in the areas along the route should expect closures and delays for the duration of the race.

Participants will begin on Fishburne Street near Burke, then continue north on Hagood Avenue to Huger Street. Then, runners will turn east on Huger Street, proceed north on Elmwood Street and then enter Hampton Park.

From Hampton Park, participants will enter the Citadel Campus and continue south, exiting the campus on Hagood Avenue. After reaching Hagood, runners will turn west on Fishburne and continue south on Lockwood Boulevard to Broad Street.

They then will turn south on Chisolm Street and take Murray Boulevard until they eventually turn north on King Street and continue into North Charleston.

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