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North Carolina > First Carolina State Bank Half Marathon & 5K
Rocky Mount, NC


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Event Details

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 finish.

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 Carolina.

Race 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.


2008 fees:
$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 Half Marathon is not yet open. Please check back for updated information on how to sign up for this race.



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