|North Carolina > First Carolina State Bank Half Marathon
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Formerly known as the Tar River Half Marathon and run in December each
year in this northeastern North Carolina town that lies along the
Interstate 95 corridor, Rocky Mount's First Carolina State Bank Half
Marathon was run in November for the first time under its new name in
2008, when an estimated 260 runners crossed the finish line in both the
13.1-mile and the 5K races combined.
The course for the half marathon utilizes many parts of the course used
in the Chase for the Champions, which for years was one of this area's
most popular road races. From the starting line near Sunset Park in
Rocky Mount, the out-and-back race winds through the city's streets and
along stretches of the Tar River, which snakes around the northern and
western edges of downtown.
Once runners make it through the race's first five miles, which unfolds
mostly in and around Rocky Mount's downtown areas, the course then
becomes marked more for its natural beauty, as runners make their way
onto the stretch that unfolds along the Tar River north of town,
through the Greenway parks areas along the river. This section of the
race takes runners all the way down to the turnaround between East
Virginia Street and Leggett Road, and then back to Sunset Park for the
As part of the state's Blue Cross & Blue Shield North Carolina Half
Marathon Series, the First Carolina State Bank Half is the third and
final race in the series, which also includes the Crystal
Coast Half Marathon in February and the Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon in March. Proceeds from all three races go to benefit the United Way of Coastal
Weather & Climate
Located in northeastern North Carolina, just over 55 miles east of
Raleigh, the city of Rocky Mount typically experiences mild to cool and
sometimes cold weather in the late fall season, as well as its driest
weather of the year on average during the month the race takes place.
In November, the city's average monthly temperatures range between
64°F and 41°F, while rainfall totals average just over
2.8 inches for the month.
$40 for the half marathon, if registered before November 1, 2008
$50 on Nov. 1 and after
Registration for the fall 2009 running of the First Carolina State Bank
Marathon is not yet open. Please check back for updated information on
how to sign up
for this race.
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