The 2017 Raleigh Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and associated races are tuning up for their fourth encore on and around NC State’s campus and downtown Raleigh on April 1-2, and there are a few things the campus community needs to know.
First of all, be careful where you leave your car. There is no parking along the race routes from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Signs will be posted throughout campus and door hanger notices will be left in areas that will be most affected. Cars in no-parking areas will be towed at the owner’s expense. A full list of all traffic impacts and road closures is available through the event organizer.
The weekend begins on Friday with a two-day health and fitness expo at the Raleigh Convention Center. At 8 a.m. Saturday, April 1, there will be a 5K race at Dorothea Dix Park, beginning near Centennial Parkway.
The marathon and half-marathon will begin on Sunday in downtown Raleigh and work their way through the city along the same routes used last year. The half-marathon will remain mostly campus adjacent on Hillsborough Street, Pullen Road and Western Boulevard.
The full marathon, however, will wend its way through Centennial Campus, using Nazareth Drive to enter the heart of campus, with a loop around the Oval, before exiting on Varsity Drive, running around a portion of Lake Johnson and returning to campus via Thistledown and Gorman streets. Runners will return to Main Campus Drive and exit via Achievement Drive and Centennial Parkway.
As a reminder, those who live and work on Centennial Campus should allow for extra time to get to and from the area because of anticipated traffic delays on Sunday morning. A full list of best places to access campus and avoid traffic tie-ups is available.
There will be live music playing at stages located throughout the race routes. There will be at least seven campus stages for both the half and full marathons, including larger stages on Hillsborough Street, Western Boulevard and on the Centennial Campus Oval.
There will be three concerts at the finish line at the downtown Red Hat Amphitheater. Nick and the Babes will open from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., followed by headliner Cracker from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and closing act the Jason Adamo Band from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
For more information about the race weekend, visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh website.
Race organizers are also still looking for volunteers for various jobs along the race route.