Highway 101 is a parking lot this morning

(Courtesy Cassie Williams)

Several cars were involved in a crash on Highway 101 Saturday morning as thousands of motorists were caught in gridlock en route to the Run or Dye race at Ski Martock, N.S..

Police say no one was seriously hurt in the collision just south of Windsor. The highway was cleared by 11 a.m..

CBC heard reports of a three-to-four kilometre backup near Exit 5 heading toward the Annapolis Valley. Some drivers were being surprised by the standing traffic and veering to avoid collision.

One driver described it as "a double lane parking lot for four kilometres." 

The 5 kilometre run/walk was scheduled to start at 9 a.m., but many participants were stuck on the road. Some people parked their cars and setting out to run to the start of the race.