Brendan Foster devised the run, which has become the world's second largest half marathon and is seen as a major showcase for the North East.
The athletes' handover will take place at around 8.20am in front of an expected crowd of thousands on The Leas.
On Sunday, England cricketer Paul Collingwood will pick up the Torch as it leaves Durham on its journey to Teesside.
In a star-studded day for the Olympic Torch, the flame was carried by the captain of the Starship Enterprise and sport personalities alike.
The cast and crew of EastEnders are carrying out the final touches for tonight's Olympic Torch episode.
The Olympic Torch soared to new heights when it was taken to the top of the London Eye.