Saturday, June 6, 2015 • Raleigh, NC • Course Map
Formerly known as the flagship running event in Raleigh’s annual Midtown Race Series, this race last year became part of the Race 13.1 Series, joining five other half marathons throughout the year in North Carolina that will expand in 2015 to several more cities across the Southeast.
Limited to 3,000 runners total — 1,500 in the half marathon and 750 each in the 10K and 5K — the Raleigh Spring Half makes its 4th annual running this year, along an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in the Raleigh neighborhood known as North Hills, at the shopping center at the intersection of Lassiter Mill Road and Currituck Drive.
From there, runners in the half marathon set out on a course that takes them first south along Lassiter Mill Road and then east onto the Crabtree Creek Greenway, a nearly 11-mile-long trail that winds along the creek from which it takes its name.
The trail is part of a system of trails known as the Raleigh Greenway System, which is expected to grow to more than 100 miles of trails throughout this part of the state in the next few years.
For now, the Crabtree Creek Greenway trail features paved, flat surfaces throughout, stretching mostly within the Raleigh beltline between New Bern Avenue at its southeastern end and Lindsay Drive at its northwestern end, taking runners through a combination of neighborhoods and off-the-beaten-path parks and forests, including a stretch of boardwalk through wetlands.
Runners will make their way northwest along the greenway trail for the next 5 1/2 miles, all the way to the race turnaround point, which lies just before runners reach Milburnie Road and the end of the Crabtree Creek Greenway. From there, the course heads back along the route runners have just run, all the way back along the trail to the race finish line back at the shopping center at Lassiter Mill and Currituck Drive.
The half marathon is open to walkers as well as runners, provided they can finish 13.1 miles within the race’s 3 1/2-hour course time limit.
Race Weather & Climate
Located among the hills of central North Carolina, about 25 miles southeast of Durham and roughly 165 miles northeast of Charlotte, Raleigh typically sees some of its wetter weather of the year in June, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 43°F (in 1972) and as high as 104°F (in 1954).
On the day of the race (June 6), the average low is 63°F and the average high is 83°F.
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:15 AM – 10K, 5K
- $59 for the half marathon, if registered by January 19, 2015
- $65 between Jan. 20 – March 16
- $75 between March 17 – May 4
- $85 between May 5 – June 6
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2014 running of the Race 13.1 Raleigh Spring Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Race131.com here.
Official Race Website
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