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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon event coming to Raleigh in '14

Posted February 26, 2013
Updated February 27, 2013

2012 Downtown Raleigh Skyline

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, which has raised more than $283 million for charity in the last 16 years, will come to Raleigh in April 2014, Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced Tuesday.

The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance has partnered with Competitor Group Inc. to host the two-day event, which begins April 13 and is expected to drawn thousands of runners to the Triangle.

Under the partnership agreement, the city will host the event for three years. It includes a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center, a marathon and half-marathon.

“We welcome the Rock ‘n’ roll Marathon Series to Raleigh,” McFarlane said at a news conference in the lobby of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our city’s love of sports, outdoor entertainment and world-class cultural offerings. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of runners and their family and friends to visit Raleigh each spring.”

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the two-day event will result in $2 million in consumer spending in the area.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series combines musically themed marathons and half-marathons with live entertainment. The Competitor Group describes the races as "a 26.2-mile block party."

The Raleigh marathon will feature bands positioned on entertainment stages along every mile of the scenic course, interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. The running experience is topped off with a finish-line concert featuring a major headline act.

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  • tweetybird101266 Feb 28, 3:58 p.m.

    I have ran in the R & R at VA beach twice. I totally love the race and if it were not for a knee injury, I would still be going to it. The race was very well organized, from signing up all the way to the finish line!!! The race was fun for my non-participating family members as well. The live bands that are around the course are great. The Expo is a great place to find all kinds of runner/fitness items. .....for those that say it will do nothing for our local economy, you are wrong. The bands (people)will be paid, hotels (that employ people)will be booked, restaurants (that employ people) will have lots of business and all those companies that have booths at the Expo (and people work for them) will sell merchandise....how is that not promoting local economy?

  • bombayrunner Feb 27, 12:46 p.m.

    Raleigh is a tough place to marathon with all the hills and more or less unpredictable weather & humidity. I ran the 1st Raleigh marathon, it was a horrible experience in December several years ago. 20 degrees, the sweat was freezing on my body. The R & R could be a great marathon on a good day. The powers that be have a funny way of completely messing things up ... this is my biggest fear.

  • bombayrunner Feb 27, 12:37 p.m.

    totally awesome

  • NCSU84 Feb 27, 11:46 a.m.

    Why is it called Rock n Roll Marathon? It's not about rock & roll, it's about sports. The... View More

    — Posted by sgpepr

    There are bands throughout the race course and after the race there is usually a concert...

  • davecockman Feb 27, 9:05 a.m.

    I really feel that there should be some feedback to the city fathers and to the general public at large on how big of a mistake this decision is. And with no input at all from the local running community. Right now ALL they are doing is trying to sugar coat this in the local media, that it's going to be a great thing. The city and the general population of Raleigh NEED to know that there is a very LARGE community of runners out here that are very mad about this decision. And I am basing that statement on the feedback I have received on social media in the last 24 hours since this announcement was made!!! Most of the people out here who are trying to push back on us and feel that we are being cry babies, are not true runners, who are passionate about our sport, and they don't care that it is being overrun by a large multi-million dollar corporation.

  • raleighrunner Feb 27, 7:19 a.m.

    Over-priced & over-hyped. R&R often makes big promises and delivers far short. Check out... View More

    — Posted by PekesRule

    ...wah wah wah, you cheap SOB

    — Posted by 321oohaw

    Obviously 321fish123 missed the point, which isn't surprising based on the astute comment

  • 321oohaw Feb 26, 10:51 p.m.

    Over-priced & over-hyped. R&R often makes big promises and delivers far short. Check out... View More

    — Posted by PekesRule

    ...wah wah wah, you cheap SOB

  • 321oohaw Feb 26, 10:48 p.m.

    My first question whenever I see that there is a Rock 'n' Roll Series race is: How much will it... View More

    — Posted by RL_Bynum

    ...you are truly a cheapskate

  • raleighrunner Feb 26, 9:01 p.m.

    R&R CEO Dickey stated that they were going to design a "fast & flat" course in Raleigh, that goes to show he is clueless, I would love to see this "flat" course in Raleigh. Also, maybe someone should have asked him to explain the significant decrease in runners in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago (another city that paid the R&R to come and has lost money both years) From 7000 runners in 2012 to 4300 runners a few weeks ago for their 2013 race. 70% of runners both years being local so no big tourism $$.

  • beckerunc Feb 26, 8:15 p.m.

    There should be rock-n-roll bands playing at every mile marker. This will be great event for Raleigh.

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