Raleigh, N.C. — In its first year, the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon has earned a national award.
SportsTravel magazine has named the race the "Best New Sporting Event" for 2014. The announcement was made Thursday during the publication's annual TEAMS: Travel, Events And Management in Sports conference in Las Vegas.
The marathon, presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation, attracted 12,500 runners from around the world and generated $8 million in economic impact on the city.
“This event was truly a team effort between city of Raleigh officials, our local partners at WRAL-TV and the V Foundation and, most importantly, the runners from around the world who registered for and enjoyed the inaugural race in Raleigh,” Josh Furlow, executive vice-president of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, said in a press release. “Independent recognition such as this, along with delivering an outstanding runner experience, confirms our hard work and continued commitment to operate and execute the best running events in the world.”
The award is considered one of the industry’s most prestigious. The SportsTravel Awards honor excellence in sporting event production and management at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels.
To be eligible, events had to occur between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Criteria for nomination and voting included superior organization of and attendance at the event; the event provided a superior experience for competitors and spectators, and the event’s host city or venue served to enhance the event.
“We are delighted that Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh has been recognized with this well-deserved honor,” said Steve Hammel, vice president and general manager of WRAL-TV. “This would not have been possible without the strong partnership between the marathon organizers and the local community; we are looking forward to continued success in 2015 and beyond.”
The 2015 marathon and half marathon will take place April 12, 2015, on a revised route that adds segments through North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus and Meredith College campus as well as around Lake Johnson.