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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon closes roads Sunday

Posted March 21, 2016
Updated April 10, 2016

— The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon will cause road closures throughout downtown Raleigh on Sunday.

About 10,000 runners are expected to race in the marathon and half marathon. The race starts at 7 a.m. on South Salisbury Street at West Davie Street in downtown Raleigh and finish on Fayetteville Street at East Davie Street.

Most road closures start at 6 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. Streets will reopen after the last participant passes and the course materials are removed. Streets along the early miles of the route will reopen sooner than roads near the finish line.

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Marathon runners are limited to 5 1/2 hours, while the half-marathon course will sweep runners after about 4 hours.

The winning runners are expected to complete the half marathon in about an hour and the full marathon in about 2 1/2 hours.

Prime spectator times are between 9 and 10 a.m. as the bulk of the half-marathoners cross the finish line and between 10 a.m. and noon as the marathoners complete the course.

Race route

Both the marathon and half marathon start on South Salisbury Street at West Davie Street in downtown Raleigh and finish on Fayetteville Street at East Davie Street.

Runners wind east through Chavis Park and then north to Clark Avenue and onto Hillsborough Street and then Pullen Road. The half and full marathon routes split at Western Boulevard.

Half marathoners head west down Western Boulevard and then down Hunt Street and Umstead Drive. Runners then take South Saunders back into the main downtown area to the finish line.

The full marathon heads east on Western Boulevard and down Avent Ferry Road. It continues east to Meredith College before a leg that travels south to Lake Johnson and includes the off-road Dixie Trail. Marathoners finish up through Centennial Campus and back to downtown.

Mile-by-mile info: Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Mile-by-mile info: Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Law enforcement will be stationed along the route at the intersections designated to allow traffic to cross when it is safe for the runners.

Officials are also distributing specific directions for local residents and each church along the route.

Rock n Roll Marathon start line


For those who drive downtown to cheer the runners, parking will be available at designated garages. Bring cash because many garages charge a small fee. Once you get in the race zone, Raleigh police will direct you to an open garage.

If you are coming from the North:

  • Take 401/Capital Blvd south toward downtown
  • Continue onto N Dawson Street

If you are coming from the East:

  • I-440 to Exit 13A
  • Merge onto New Bern Ave toward downtown Raleigh
  • Continue onto E Edenton Street
  • Turn Left onto N Blount Street

If you are coming from the West:

  • I-440 to Hillsborough Street exit
  • Take eastbound Hillsborough Street towards downtown Raleigh
  • Turn right/south onto N Dawson Street

If you are coming from the South:

Option 1

  • From I-40 take exit 299 toward Person Street
  • Merge onto Hammond Road
  • Continue onto S Person Street

Option 2

  • I-40 to Hammond Rd
  • Take Exit 299 toward Person Street
  • Continue onto S Person Street
  • Left onto East Cabarrus Street OR Left onto East Davie Street

Option 3

  • From US-70 W/S. Saunders/401
  • Right at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Exit
  • Left onto S Wilmington Street
  • Continue onto S Wilmington Street

More parking information and map

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  • Bryan Jeffries Mar 21, 2016
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    At least they're not running for donuts?