- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
Everything about this inaugural event was top notch. I've run two other Rock 'n' Roll events in the past (RnR Las Vegas Half 2011, and RnR Las Vegas Full 2013). This one was new, local, and on my Birthday, so I just had to run it.
Running in Raleigh is always great. So much to see, and plenty of hills. Raleigh is rolling, so if you are up for a challenge, this race is for you! The race course offered pretty much a picture postcard view of all things Raleigh. Downtown start and finish, many local landmarks such as PNC Arena, NC State Bell Tower, Shaw University, Peace College, Meredith, and more. Many great views of the city, and great spectator support for a first time event.
Race day temperatures were fairly warm, as April in North Carolina can be cool or hot. That being said, I do think the RnR team needs to add some additional aid/water stations in years to come. This is the one area that I think needs improvement.
The course itself was tough, so training on hills is a must for anyone that really wants to succeed in this race without feeling really beaten down.
Pre race expo was well done at the Raleigh Convention Center. Packed with vendors and plenty of parking downtown. Organization of the event that morning was exceptional in my opinion. I had no issues getting into the city, or finding parking very close to the start. Arrive early! Corrals were clearly marked, and the race start was fantastic. The finish area was awesome, and full of energy. The post race festival was really nice, as well. A short walk from the finish to the Red Hat Amphitheater for award presentations and headliner band New Politics. There were local food trucks, post race massages, and RnR offered a deep discount if you signed up on the spot for the next year. So bring your credit card to take advantage of it.
Overall, I give this event 4.5 starts, especially considering it was the first running of this event. Nicely done Rock 'n' Roll.
Here is a link to the full recap on my running blog. http://wp.me/p3u1nG-1x1