Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will have fewer hills in 2015
Posted November 6, 2014
Updated March 21, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Participants in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in Raleigh will see a flatter course in 2015.
Among the complaints voiced by runners after the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in the City of Oaks was that the course was hillier than expected.
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.
"Most notably, the difficult Edwards Mill stretch has been removed, as has the out and back down Reedy Creek," said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
"Of course, this is Raleigh, not Kansas, and we can’t avoid hills altogether, but runners will absolutely notice an improvement in that regard."
Both races start in downtown Raleigh and wind east past Chavis Park, Oakwood Cemetery and William Peace University.
The 1/2 marathon route diverges from the marathon on the campus of NC State and winds back down Western Blvd to return to the Fayetteville Street finish line.
The marathon route heads west to the campus of Meredith College, then south to Lake Johnson before a return through Centennial Campus and to the finish line.