VENICE (CBS) — Hundreds of athletes are participating in a half-marathon that started in Venice Beach early Sunday morning.

Several elite runners, including Kenya’s Christopher Kiprotich Toroitich, signed up for the 13.1 Marathon Los Angeles, which started just before 7:15 a.m. Sunday.

Toroitich finished second in the 2008 Los Angeles Marathon.

The runners will head east on Venice Boulevard and continue to La Cienega Boulevard before doubling back west to the beach. The finish line is at the Windward Circle in Venice.

Motorists should be aware that the western end of Venice Boulevard will be closed to cross traffic until about noon.

Anywhere west of La Cienega Boulevard, motorists who need to cross Venice will have to take the 405 Freeway until the road reopens.

The event also features a 5K race for runners and walkers.

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