Raleigh, N.C. — The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon is seeking bands to play along the race route in Raleigh.
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." Runners encounter cheer squads and local bands lining the course.
Local bands are encouraged to apply online to play during the April 13 event.
"This is going to be a special weekend in Raleigh, one of personal pride for the runners, and collective pride in the community," event director Alan Culpepper said in a press release. "Now that the course has been approved, we’ll begin planning the music along the route, keeping the community’s concerns in mind while also ensuring a top notch runner experience."
More than 8,500 runners - more than 40 percent from outside the Triangle - have already registered for the race.
Last week, Raleigh leaders approved event organizers' request to change the original route to accommodate church services that will be taking place that day. The marathon falls on Palm Sunday.
The course will now start on South Salisbury Street. It was also shifted one block south on parts of Hillsborough Street to West Morgan Street. In addition, access lanes were added to Martin Luther King Boulevard and revisions were made to lesson the impact on Blue Ridge Road. Organizers said that metering points will be available throughout the course, allowing traffic to cross when runners are not there. Once runners are through roads will be reopened.
The event will also include a two-day Health and Fitness Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center.
The marathon is presented by WRAL and will benefit charity partner The V Foundation. Runners already registered for the marathon can sign up to join Team V. In addition to being fully reimbursed the race entry fee, you can also raise money toward cancer research and enjoy some VIP perks.
If you want to find out how you can be part of Team V, there will be two informational sessions in Raleigh in the coming weeks.