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Ready, Set, Go: Thousands Run in Raleigh Marathon

Posted November 3, 2007
Updated November 4, 2007

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— For the first time in five years, thousands of runners hit the streets of Raleigh Sunday morning to participate in full and half marathons.

Organizers of the inaugural Sony Ericsson City of Oaks Marathon said they are surprised the city went five years without hosting a race, especially because of the local interest in the sport.

“It’s an easy sport to do,” said race director Jim Micheels. “[Get] a good pair of shoes, put them on and go out your front door. You don’t need a ton of equipment.”

About 3,700 people registered for the marathon.

“Runners are going to other marathons around the country. It was time to bring it back,” said course captain Ralph Smith.

The start and finish locations for Sunday’s race were between the fairgrounds and Carter Finley Stadium. The course wound through downtown and Umstead State Park. Some roads were closed as early as midnight.

For some, the goal is simple.

“I’ll be happy if I make it through,” said Christina Bull, who was running her first marathon.

Adam Bull, her husband, said he’ll be happy if he can keep up with his wife.

“[The] worst case scenario is she leaves me in the dust, and I have to sit there and watch her run away,” he said.

Medical staff monitored the runners. Dr. Brian Quigley, the race’s medical director, said some runners take on more than they can handle. Rescue personnel were on standby along the marathon route in case anyone needed help.


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  • One flew over Randy_s nest Nov 4, 2007

    brand7976, the course was announced months ago and the timing of the different road closures was announced several days ago.
    It sounds like you failed to plan properly.
    If there was a big accident and several roads were shut off and you would have to drive around the site, would the emergency services also be "inconsiderate" in your eyes?
    It seems like you expect to have everything spoon-fed to you instead of keeping yourself informed.

  • brand7976 Nov 4, 2007

    This was a traffic nightmare. The organizers were completely inconsiderate of the people that have to work and live along the route. Next time hold it out in the middle of nowhere, or not at all.

  • One flew over Randy_s nest Nov 4, 2007

    Ed, The race was advertised in several newspapers and on several TV stations (including WRAL TV and website) earlier this week.
    In addition to that, the race was advertised on runner forums and in running magazines.
    For a pretty complete list of races nearby, take a look at http://www.ncroadrunners.org/

  • lornadoone Nov 4, 2007

    Jh5230... There are tons of races around Raleigh and the Triangle. Just do a little research :)

  • Jh5230 Nov 4, 2007

    It's so cool that this marathon is back. I wish we had more races in Raleigh.

    Good luck to those who are running this!