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Marathon makes way for Palm Sunday services

Posted April 7, 2014

First Baptist Church in downtown Raleigh on Nov. 5, 2009

— The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Raleigh Sunday coincides with Palm Sunday services for dozens of churches, and organizers have been working with those congregations to make sure worshippers can get in and out.

Race organizers have posted church-specific alternate routes for 24 churches and will have officers posted to guide traffic flow.

Churches began telling congregants about the change weeks ago, and some have decided to avoid the hassle altogether.

The marathon begins and ends in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and runners will wind their way east to Chavis Park, north through the Oakwood neighborhood before making a turn to the west. The course passes William Peace University and Cameron Village. Runners of the half marathon make the turn on the campus of North Carolina State University and head back to the start/finish line. Those who choose to run the full 26.2-mile marathon continue west on Hillsborough Street and past PNC Arena before circling back downtown.

With more than 12,000 runners registered to participate and dozens of bands performing along the route, road closures are expected to make a major impact on traffic flow.


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  • davmci29 Apr 11, 2014

    To be clear, there is a way now to attend churhces downtown, But I am tired of the implication that the organizers have been "working with" those congregations as the article alludes. The churches went and made the "Organizers aware of the issue a LONG TIME AGO. What we got was a big fat.. "Too bad". we went to the city for help and they realized they had really screwed up. Then "magically", or more like.. After the Title sponsor WRAL got wind of the "discussion", voila' the RNR committee decided to "work with the local churches. But it doesnt end there... Church communities from other locations warned Raleigh churches that in other cities they also made promises and didn't follow thru. So with diligence, the local community has remained vigilant in pushing RNR to honor their promise. Thankfully the CITY got involved (after they realized what they had accidentally done) and "encouraged" RNR to make changes.

  • tsquaring Apr 11, 2014

    What a giant mess! I have donated to the V Foundation in the past. Not now. This is poor judgement. I'm not sure Jimmy V would approve. Life long Wolfpack fan.