Raleigh, N.C. — When the Rock 'n Roll marathon rolls into Raleigh, runners and spectators alike have three full days of fun, fitness and music to enjoy.
The Health & Fitness Expo opens at noon on Friday, where registered runners (there are more than 12,000 registered for the sold-out races) can pick up their packets and everyone can enjoy shopping, free samples, health and nutritional information and interactive displays.
The expo runs Friday, April 11, until 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Sunday, April 13, is race day!
Runners start from South Salisbury Street between Davie and Cabarrus streets in downtown Raleigh and finish on Fayetteville Street.
Both the half marathon (13.1 miles) and the marathon (26.2 miles) start at 7 a.m., with runners following different courses to the west of downtown.
Along the way, they will enjoy live music from dozens of bands.
Bands by location, genre
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. The winning runners are expected to complete the half marathon in about an hour and the full marathon in about 2 1/2 hours.
After the awards are handed out, downtown turns into an all-day street party with bands including New Politics and Old Habits performing a free concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater.