The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, the city’s premier distance road race, sets off on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The races are USATF-sanctioned events and courses. The marathon is a Boston-qualifier and the half-marathon, once again, hosts the North Carolina Half Marathon State Championship.

The event now offers five great races:

  • Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon
  • Rex Healthcare Half Marathon
  • Four-Person Marathon Relay
  • News & Observer Old Reliable 10K
  • YMCA Kids’ Marathon Mile

Start Times:

  • The marathon, half-marathon and four-person relay start at 7 a.m.
  • The News & Observer Old Reliable 10K starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • The YMCA Kids’ Marathon Mile starts at 7:40 a.m.

REMEMBER! Nov. 3 marks the end of daylight savings time. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

With another popular N.C. State Bell Tower start and finish, the race courses were designed to showcase many of the focal points of the capital city, including downtown Raleigh, the State Capitol, Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street, N.C. State University, Meredith College and the Raleigh Greenway.

The course also highlights the diversity of Raleigh’s landscape, from modern city and historic buildings to lush greenways. The marathon, half-marathon and relay run together for the first 11 miles before the marathon enters the House Creek Greenway at Meredith College. The 10k follows the same course for 2 miles, then heads directly into downtown and finishes at Cameron Village. The kids’ mile race is an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the N.C. State Bell Tower.

NEW FOR 2013

Participants of all races, including the 10k, will receive a beautiful finisher medal. And for the first time, strollers and baby joggers will be allowed in the 10k race.


A total of $12,500 in prize money will be awarded in the full marathon and USATF Half Marathon State Championship. Commemorative awards will be given for the first three places in each age group. Finisher certificates will be available online after the race.


The Raleigh Running Outfitters Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public. More than 30 exhibitors will participate in this fun-filled event offering a wide variety of apparel, shoes, equipment and accessories for the entire family.


McKimmon Center, N.C.State University

1101 Gorman St.

Raleigh, NC 27606


  • Friday, Nov. 1, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Note for Spectators:

It may not be possible to see your runner at each location. Know your runner’s pace and plan your route prior to race day. Park only in designated areas, not on the side of the road. Watch for traffic and be safe!

Parking and Directions:

There is plenty of easily accessible free parking within a five-minute walk of the N.C. State Bell Tower start and finish.Park at Cameron Village (Oberlin Road and Clark Avenue) and the N.C. State University Coliseum parking deck, located at Cates Avenue and Pullen Road.

Great Places to Encourage the Runners:

Start and Finish – The N.C. State Bell Tower at Hillsborough Street and Pullen Road

Mile Marker 3 – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Wilmington Street and West South Street (use Blount Street for access)

Mile Marker 5 – Nash Square at Dawson Street and Martin Street (use Blount Street to West Davie Street for access)

Mile Marker 5.5 – Fayetteville Street and the state Capitol (use North Dawson for access)

Mile Marker 8.5 – Cameron Village at Oberlin Street and Clark Street (use Wade Avenue to Oberlin Street for access)

Mile Marker 11.5 – Meredith College (use Faircloth Street or Gorman Street for access)

Full Marathon only:

Mile Markers 14 and 22 – Glen Eden between Ridge Road and Blue Ridge Road

Mile Markers 15 and 20 – Crabtree Valley Mall (use south access near McDonald’s)

Mile Markers 16.5 and 19 – North Hills Drive, just south of Northbrook


Gu and Accelerade Sport Drink will be available on the full and half-marathon courses.

Full marathon:

Crabtree Valley Mall Aid Station – Wet wash cloths will be offered to refresh runners.

North Hills Aid Station – Nutritional snacks and fruit will be available.


Course maps are available at the Runner Expo.


Runners may check a gear bag at the Gear Check tent, which will be adjacent to the start and finish line.


  • Food, including fruit, doughnuts, breads, chicken soup and pizza
  • Beer tent
  • Entertainment by local band Catching Fire
  • Kids’ play area and face painting
  • Finisher photos by MarathonFoto