Thousands of runners race Music City in Nashville marathon

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(WKRN) – Thousands of runners are lacing up their sneakers to take on the Nashville marathon Saturday morning downtown.

The marathon, half marathon and 5K got underway around 7 a.m. on Saturday from the riverfront area along First Avenue and Broadway.

Money raised for the marathon helps the Gilda’s Club Nashville, a cancer support organization in Music City.

Runners will get a chance to see downtown, the Gulch and east Nashville communities along their route.

As the participants take on the race, you can expect plenty of road closures along the route.

Roads from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue on Broadway will be closed and parts of Demonbreun Street will be shut down as runners make their way to the Gulch and Music Row.

After that, joggers will head towards the state capitol and cross the Cumberland River using Woodland Street.

The route continues around Nissan Stadium before hitting the greenway through east Nashville.

The marathon is expected to wrap up by 1 p.m. and half marathoners will finish up around 11 a.m.