Pittsburgh Marathon this weekend

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2017 9:32 AM

Photo by (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Some of the over 35,000 runners participating in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon and 1/2 Marathon cross the Andy Warhol bridge over the Allegheny River at mile fourth of the 26.2 mile course in downtown Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 1, 2016.

(Pittsburgh) -- About 40,000 runners will participate in the Pittsburgh Marathon or half marathon on Sunday, and those and other shorter events on Saturday will be closing several key roads downtown and elsewhere in the city.

The first road closure began Friday on Boulevard of the Allies, which closes between Wood and Stanwix streets at noon. That's so organizers could prepare a finish-line area for several activities related to the race.

Most of the other closures began Saturday morning in preparation for a 5K race and other events, including a Kids Marathon one-mile run.

The full and half-marathons will be run Sunday.

About 350,000 people are expected to watch the race at some point along the 26.2-mile course.

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