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Rock 'n' Roll expo inspires, energizes runners

Posted April 1, 2014

— The streets of downtown Raleigh will be flooded with runners April 13 for the city's first Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. More than 12,000 are entered to run in the full and half marathons that day, but there are weekend events for all fitness levels.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is making its Raleigh debut, but other cities offer a glimpse of what the region can expect.

When the marathon made a stop on New Orleans earlier this spring, thousands visited the two-day health and fitness expo that preceded the race. Raleigh's expo is scheduled for Friday, April 11, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

"It's just a fun way for runners to get really excited for the weekend," said marathon spokeswoman Allison Humbert.

The expo is open to the public, and vendors and clinics show off the latest and greatest running products and services.

"It's almost like a pop-up running store on steroids," said Jessie Sebor of Women's Running magazine.

In New Orleans, Sebor hosted a talk about how to juggle parenting with running.

She said the expo is a great way for runners to learn from each other.

"The expo is absolutely where the running community comes together," she said.

And it is a great way to grow that community.

"Even if someone isn't racing and is just curious about getting involved in running, it's a great introduction to the sport," she said.

At the Raleigh expo, leading runners from the Triangle will visit with shoppers and give advice about having a good race.

"The energy is really positive," Sebor said.

Marathon, bands to take over Raleigh streets

The Rock 'n' Roll marathon and 1/2 marathon courses begin and end in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and both head east to Chavis Park. Runners of the full 26.2 mile distance then head west on Hillsborough Street and past PNC Arena before circling back to the start/finish line.

Along the way, dozens of bands will play live music to keep the energy up.


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  • uscnnc Apr 2, 2014

    I've ran the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon 5 times and although you can't compete with the weather in SD, if Raleigh plays their cards right this could be huge for the area for decades.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 1, 2014

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    Concernedforourkids, sorry we ruined your annual Palm Sunday trip to Golden Corral, or is that a weekly trip?

  • dwntwnboy2 Apr 1, 2014

    It's going to bring money to the area, help build our reputation as a great place to hold a major event and should be seen as a plus for the whole area. Yeah, some of us are going to be trapped by traffic that day, but we are aware of it and will make the most of what we got since it's only for a day. Good to see Raleigh land a big event like this- it was a HUGE success in New Orleans earlier this year.

  • Amanda Dean Apr 1, 2014
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    All these marathons are getting out of hand. What a nuisance!

  • 12345_here Apr 1, 2014

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    Nah, that would be the SUV driving overweight folks going to overeat after services.

  • iopsyc Apr 1, 2014

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    WRAL is a major sponsor of the event.

  • Concernedforourkids Apr 1, 2014

    Just an excuse for a bunch of Obama voters to screw up traffic on Palm Sunday.

  • rduwxboy Apr 1, 2014

    I honestly don't understand why this keeps making the top news story day after day. The poor horse has been beat to death.

  • johnnybgood Apr 1, 2014

    I wonder if the City of Oaks will get this type of press....

  • Bill Brasky Apr 1, 2014

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    You mean Raleigh-Durham isn't the same city?....I noticed that too