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Registration opens Wednesday for 2015 Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Posted May 6, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in downtown Raleigh, N.C. on April13, 2014. 12,500 runners made it to the capital city for a day of music and running. Paul Himberger won the men's marathon with a time of 2:38:57 and Heidi Bretscher won the women's marathon with 2:49:46. Both runners from Durham, N.C. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

— Did you "rock out" this year during the first Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon in Raleigh? 

Well, here is your chance to do it again or for the first time. 

Registration for the 2015 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon opens on Wednesday. The race will be held April 12, 2015. 

If you register Wednesday or Thursday, you will get a $20 discount - no code required. 

This year's inaugural race sold out with 12,500 runners. 

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series combines musically themed marathons and half-marathons with live entertainment. It has been described as "a 26.2-mile block party." As you run, there are cheer squads and local bands lining the course.

Some runners in this year's race complained about the quite "hilly" course. Organizers said they would be adjusting the course for 2015. 

WRAL is a sponsor of the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon, which will help raise money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. 

See a full rundown registration prices and register online at the Rock'n'Roll Marathon website.


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  • kendra2 May 7, 2014

    I ran in this year's RNR, but because of the duplicitous way they "raised funds" for the V foundation, I'll spend my money on the City of Oaks race this fall, and Tobacco Road next year. I'd rather keep my dollars local.

  • RL_Bynum May 7, 2014

    They won't get a penny of my money. I'll be supporting good locally administered marathons such as City of Oaks and Tobacco Road, both of which actually donate proceeds to charity unlike the for-profit Competitor Group Inc.

  • skeeter II May 7, 2014

    Wonder how many dollars of profit the "FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION" made off this race? I think that the organization should reimburse Raleigh for the police and other costs that the city incurred.

    Do not have the race course stay to the west of Dawson or McDowell streets so people coming from north or south can use them without being stopped because of the runner. Areas around the churches should not have the route of the race anywhere near them. Think of the citizens of Raleigh and not the runner when planning the route.

  • tllight May 7, 2014

    What...really? So the V Foundation gets to milk runners again to promote itself? WRAL ...why are you sponsoring this instead of locally managed races that spend their money in a much more responsible way? Around here you can't say one ill word about the V Foundation...cause it's sacrosanct!

  • dwntwnboy2 May 7, 2014

    Should be another great event! The folks I know who ran in it LOVED it and can't wait for next year- they are already training. They said the hills in Raleigh were a little rough.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool May 7, 2014

    Y'all can have my spot next year.

  • archmaker May 6, 2014

    Let's be accurate...
    The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon raised more than $250,000 for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, but that total didn’t come from the race organizers’ profits. That amount came from the runner's collections directly - NO proceeds from registration fees – which cost up to $150 per runner – went to The V Foundation, which was billed as the event’s official charity.