CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of runners are expected to hit the pavement this weekend for the 3rd Annual Charleston Marathon.
Registration is still open for Saturday's 26.2 mile-race through North Charleston and downtown. Proceeds from the event will go to supporting fine arts programs in Charleston County Schools.
In addition to the 3rd Annual Charleston Marathon, runners can opt to take part in a half marathon, a 5K run, and even a bike race.
The event kicks off Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Runners can pick up their packets Friday at Burke High School until 8 p.m.
The full marathon will begin at Burke High School and wind its way through the streets of Charleston before ending at North Charleston High School.
Marathon runner Alex Hellams says first time marathon runners are in for a treat.
"It is just such an amazing experience. Crossing the finish line, you're not even going to remember that you're in pain anymore," says Hellams. "It's just the most exciting thing."
Runners participating in the Saturday morning marathon will be able to take advantage of a number of aid stations set up throughout the course. Racers must finish within 6 hours and 30 minutes.
If biking is more your thing, Sunday's bike race will feature a 20, 40, and 60-mile race.
In 2011, the Charleston Marathon raised $40,000 for the non-profit organization and last year raised $60,000. Event organizers are hoping to raise $100,000 this year.
For more information on these events, including a map of the course, click here.