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North Carolina > North Carolina Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
High Point, NC  •  Saturday, November 19, 2011


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Hilly and challenging thanks to its location at one of the highest elevations anywhere in the state, High Point's North Carolina Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K saw more than 1,300 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined at the event's spring 2010 running, with more than 760 runners finishing the half marathon alone in this aptly named city, parts of which lie at roughly 1,000 feet above sea level in North Carolina's mountainous Piedmont Triad region.

Like its counterpart races in the event -- the full, 26.2-mile marathon and the 5K -- the 13.1-mile half marathon follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near the High Point Theater on Commerce Avenue, amongst the city's International Furniture Market, and takes runners on a winding loop route through its historic neighborhoods, known for both their architectural beauty and their natural beauty, with tree-lined streets and the Appalachian Mountains off in the distance.

The half marathon course is run on paved surfaces throughout the race and takes runners over numerous rolling hills, the most significant of which occur around the mile 2 marker, when the race reaches its lowest point of about 810 feet above sea level, and as runners are making their way just past the mile 9 marker, where the race reaches its peak elevation level out on the course.

Though the 2009 race featured a redesigned course that was considerably flatter than those used in previous years, flat stretches still are rare and brief throughout most of the half marathon course, though the first mile and a half or so feature a gradual descent, and the final mile of the race offers flat, even terrain as runners make their way in to the finish line.

Organizers note that while the full marathon and half marathon are open to runners only, those who wish to walk in the event can sign up for the 5K, which is open to both runners and walkers. The starting time for the full and half marathons is 8:00 AM, followed by the 5K, which starts at 8:30 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central North Carolina, just south and about mid-way between Winston-Salem and Greensboro, the city of High Point typically sees November temperatures that average between 62°F and 40°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.2 inches for the month, making November the city's driest month of the year. On the day of the race (Nov. 19), the average high is 61°F and the average low is 39°F.


$55 for the half marathon, if registered by July 29, 2011
$65 between July 30 - August 24
$70 between Aug. 25 - November 15


To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of High Point's North Carolina Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.

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