Raleigh will become the center of the running world when the gun goes off for theFulcrum Financial Raleigh Marathon.
The 26.2 mile run is challenging, as is the job of organizing such an event. In the works for more than a year, organizers says Raleigh's first marathon has taken on a life of its own.
"Our numbers have doubled in the past 10 days," says Bruce Robertson, race director.
More than 3,000 people are expected to run. The race starts at Raleigh's Capitol Building.
Therace coursestarts and finishes downtown, but includes Western Boulevard and Pullen, Hammond, Tryon, Garner and Rock Quarry roads.
Runners will make two loops of the course.
It will take some runners five to six hours to complete, so motorists can count on some driving delays during the race.
Proceeds from event will benefit the Wake Education Partnership. About 500 volunteers are also involved.