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Rock’N’Roll Raleigh Returns for 3rd Encore

The third-annual Rock‘n’Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon will return to NC State’s Centennial Campus in April with a few additions and changes from previous years.

New on April 9 will be the Rock’n’Roll Raleigh 5K race on the grounds of Dorthea Dix Park, adjacent to Centennial Campus.

The main event, however, is still the marathon and half marathon on April 10, featuring local musical talent every mile or so along the route. Download a map of both races here.

Both races skirt campus on Hillsborough Street and Pullen Road, and much of the last half of the 26.2-mile marathon is run on the campuses of Meredith College and NC State.

While parking will not be allowed along the course route and some roads will be closed to through traffic beginning at 6:30 a.m., the race should be done earlier on campus than in years past, with an all-clear around 1 p.m. which should create fewer inconveniences for students, faculty and staff who are on campus that Sunday morning. A full description of road closures, no park areas and access points for campus during that time is available for download here and on the Rock’n’Roll Raleigh community relations page.

Signs will be posted beginning April 8 on rerouted traffic patterns and cars parked along the race route will be asked to move. Those that are not by the start of the race will be towed.

Music and other events kick off Friday with Gavin DeGraw at Red Hat Amphitheater, continue on Saturday with the 5K and the Health and Fitness Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center and conclude on Sunday with the two distance races and a headliner concert featuring synth-pop band St. Lucia at the Red Hat Amphitheater.