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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon1. Rock ‘n’ what?

The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research–a road race in Raleigh featuring 12,500 runners and 30 bands and cheerleaders lining the race course to keep energy levels through the roof. A free concert at Red Hat Amphitheater gets underway once runners start coming through the finish line.

1b. I know that – I’m running!

Awesome! Welcome to Raleigh and good luck, then. Check out for visitor information including restaurants and attractions. Also visit the Visitor Information Center in downtown Raleigh at 500 Fayetteville St. to have a local expert answer your questions.

2. When? Where? 

Sun., Apr. 13–runners take off at 7am. Race start line is at the corner of W. Davie St. and S. Salisbury St. in downtown Raleigh. Both the marathon and half marathon finishes will be at the corner of Davie St. and Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh. See the full course here:


3. So, post-race concert?

Runners take off at 7am, and bands will play all along the course all morning. In Red Hat Amphitheater, Love Canon takes the stage at 8am. They’re a bluegrass 80s band. At 10:15am, the medals ceremony will take place to recognize the day’s top runners, and then at 10:30am the headliner band plays. New Politics, a Danish punk rock band with recent U.S. mainstream hits “Harlem” and “Tonight’ You’re Perfect” will help race finishers celebrate their accomplishments into the afternoon. Southern roots band Old Habits will take things to the end of the event, 3pm.


3b. Where can I park? 

You’ll find this participant and spectator parking information helpful: PARKING INFO.

4. Come out and support on Sun.–got it. Anything else?

Yes! The Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on Fri. from noon-6pm and Sat. from 9am-5pm. More than 80 exhibitors will be there handing out free samples and showing off the latest and greatest in running gear, sports apparel and nutrition.

On Sat., come out for the live music on S. Salisbury St. directly in front of the convention center. Bands will be on stage from 11am to 6pm, and beer vendors will be onsite as well. The weather forecast is terrific–you won’t want to miss out.

rnrblog25. How do I keep up with everything going on this weekend? 

Well, social media is your best bet. On Twitter and Instagram, check out the hashtag #RnRRAL. Post your photos and updates using that to get in on the action. Follow @runrocknroll on both Twitter and Instagram, and check out their Facebook page if that’s your thing, too. Locally, follow the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance on Twitter at @raleighncsports and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau at @visitRaleigh.

The name “marathon” comes from the legend of a Greek messenger who is fabled to have run 26.2 miles straight in order to announce an Athenian victory in the Battle of Marathon. Unfortunately, this intense run didn’t turn out too well for him, but if you think you’re up for the challenge, you can test your endurance in the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon.

The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon attracts thousands of long-distance runners every year with a beautiful course that showcases the Triangle’s natural areas and the capital’s rich, Southern history. The marathon starts out at the North Carolina State University Bell Tower and finishes near Cameron Village, where a post-race runner festival will be held.

If you haven’t been training for a marathon, then you can take a shot at the REX Healthcare Half Marathon, the News & Observer Old Reliable 10k or four-person marathon relay which all start simultaneously at 7 a.m. on November 6th.  Feel free to bring the kids, because there is also a YMCA Kids’ Marathon Mile that starts at 7:20 a.m.

Until November 3rd, the cost to participate is $90 for the full marathon, $80 for the half marathon, $30 for the 10k and $30 for the kids’ marathon. For a full list of prices and registration info, visit this site. There simply isn’t a more beautiful and historically rich marathon course to run!

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