Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon & 5-Miler

Sunday, October 20, 2024 • Durham, NC • Course Map

Note: A virtual option is available for this event. Registration details are included below.

Bull City isn’t just a nickname for Durham, North Carolina — it’s also the name of Durham’s Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon & 5-Miler, which takes place in October each year.

The half marathon and 5-miler begin at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. From there, half marathoners head north, weaving through downtown Durham for the first mile of the course before heading west and weaving through the Trinity Park neighborhood. The trip through Trinity Park concludes near the halfway point of the half marathon with a run through Duke University’s East Campus, the original location of the university.

The second half of the course takes runners through Duke’s central campus via Campus Drive, then through the Duke Forest and Forest Hills neighborhoods before crossing the finish line back at the American Tobacco Campus.

Runners not up to running the full half marathon may take part in the 5-mile run or the 1-mile fun run. Participants in the half marathon and 5-miler must maintain a 15:00 mile pace throughout the race.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in North Carolina near Raleigh, Durham experiences warm weather in October and moderate precipitation all year long. However, Durham can still experience cool weather in the mornings, and runners are advised to prepare for all types of weather.

On race day (Oct. 20), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 69ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

see event website


  • $65 and up for the half marathon
  • #35 and up for the 5-mile
  • $20 and up for the 1-mile
  • $50 for the virtual race


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Durham’s Bull City Race Fest, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website



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