North Carolina > Greensboro Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Greensboro, NC • Saturday, October 18, 2014 • Course Map
Runners get the chance to trek the streets of this city of nearly 300,000 in North Carolina's Piedmont region at the first-ever Greensboro Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which is set to make its 2nd annual running along a point-to-point route in mid-October 2014.
Greensboro itself has a history that dates back to 1808 when it was spelled Greensborough, and the city has played a role at a few "hinge" moments in American history. Near the end of the Civil War in April 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a few last members of the Confederate cabinet escaped Richmond and traveled by train to Greensboro, where they gathered again for the last time as a group before making an attempt to escape to Europe.
The city also played a pivotal role in the earliest days of the Civil Rights Movement, when a group of four African-American students sat in at the segregated, all-white lunch counter of the Woolworth's on February 1, 1960. Their protest lasted for months and helped inspire a wave of similar sit-ins across the South, and today the site is part of Greensboro's International Civil Rights Center and Museum -- still at the same location.
So runners will be running through a bit of American history when they run this race, which for half-marathoners follows a newly redesigned course for 2014 that starts and finishes on Elm Street, next to City Center Park in downtown Greensboro. The steepest hills occur in the first and last miles of the race, as runners head downhill right after the start and uphill just before crossing the finish line, and encounter mostly rolling hills throughout the race along the way.
Runners will make their way across a bridge over Buffalo Lake and run past the golf course at Greensboro Country Club, and run through Latham Park and Fisher Park on their way back to the finish line at City Center Park.
After that, the course roughly flattens out for the final couple of miles -- until the very end, where there is an uphill stretch into the finish line -- though there are a few gently rolling hills in between. Runners will have a course time limit of just under 4 hours for the half marathon (and about 6 1/2 hours for the full marathon).
Race Weather & Climate
Located roughly halfway between Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill, N.C., just over 90 miles northeast of Charlotte, Greensboro typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 20°F (in 1962) and as high as 95°F (in 1954).
||Day of Race
||Rain: 3.27 in.
||Snow: 0 in.
See the race route map for the Greensboro Half Marathon
8:00 AM - full marathon
8:30 AM - half marathon
8:50 AM - 5K
$57 for the half marathon, if registered by April 7, 2014
$67 between April 8 - May 23
$77 between May 24 - July 23
$87 between July 24 - October 8
$97 between Oct. 9 - 17
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2014 running of the Greensboro Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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