North Carolina > RunRaleigh Half Marathon & 5K
Raleigh, NC • Sunday, October 6, 2013 • Course Map
Known as the "City of Oaks" for its abundant population of oak trees, North Carolina's capital city plays host in the fall of 2013 to the 3rd annual running of the RunRaleigh Half Marathon & 5K, which is set to take runners on an out-and-back course through a combination of downtown city streets and along the Raleigh Greenway running, walking and biking trail.
Note: The RunRaleigh races will move to October in 2013, to make room on the calendar for the Rock & Roll Raleigh Marathon, which will take place in April 2014.
Runners start and finish the race in Raleigh's Cameron Village shopping center -- the scheduled starting time for the race is 7:00 AM for the half marathon, and 7:30 AM for the 5K -- and from there, they'll head out west toward Oberlin Road, where they'll turn right and head north along Oberlin through the residential neighborhoods here in the city's northeastern section.
The course makes a roughly three-mile out-and-back loop through this part of the city, turning around Colonial Road near the White Memorial Presbyterian Church to get back onto Oberlin and head south, which starts a stretch that brings runners south toward the campus of North Carolina State University. As they make their way south along Oberlin and nearly the mile 3 marker, a course that's been mostly flat with rolling hills so far makes its first big downhill, bringing runners past the NCSU Bell Tower.
The next few miles continue bringing runners southward and eastward, taking them past the city's Pullen Park and along the edge of the NCSU campus toward Western Boulevard, where they turn left and head east as the road becomes Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This roughly three-mile-long stretch also features gently rolling hills along an overall downhill descent, as it brings runners past Chavis Park and through the city center on the way to the turn onto Rock Quarry Road.
After making the turn onto Rock Quarry, runners head south for roughly half a mile and then turn left onto the Raleigh Greenway (officially titled the Capital Area Greenway System), a network of nature trails, parks and urban green space areas that stretches along some 69 miles of trails and 3,700 acres of park space through the city.
Runners will head onto the trail about halfway between the mile 7 and mile 8 markers, and then spend the next few miles making their way through the tree-shaded trails that wind through the forested parkland areas between downtown and the Raleigh Beltline.
The last few miles of the race bring runners along the Greenway trail, past Mount Hope Cemetery and later along the edge of the NCSU campus again. After that, runners then head back onto Ashe Avenue and continue north, back up toward Cameron Village where the race finish line lies.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central eastern North Carolina, roughly 170 miles northeast of Charlotte and about 25 miles southeast of Durham, Raleigh typically sees October temperatures that average between 49°F and 70°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.8 inches, making October the city's fourth-driest month of the year on average.
On the day of the race (Oct. 6), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 73°F.
View the race route map for the RunRaleigh Half Marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon
7:30 AM - 5K
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by September 8, 2013
$75 between Sept. 9 - October 5
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of the RunRaleigh Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at SportOften.com.
Official Race Website
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