Runners take to streets of Modesto

The inaugural Modesto Marathon gets under way this morning at 7 a.m.

A half marathon race also gets under way at 7, while the 5-kilometer event starts at 7:20.

Runners still can register for the 5K prior to the race, but pre-registration for the full and half marathon is closed.

The marathon course has received certification by USA Track & Field, meaning the its finish times will be accepted as qualifiers for the 2011 Boston Marathon.