Track trio of Rock 'n' Roll races no matter where you are
Posted April 6, 2016
Updated April 7, 2016
When the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon comes to Raleigh, track the traffic changes, the runners' progress and all the fun no matter where you are with live updates.
About 10,000 runners are expected to participate in three races – a 5K Saturday and a marathon and half marathon on Sunday – and to fill up hotel rooms and attend concerts at locations around the city.
Friday: Expo, concert coverage
Expect heavier-than-normal traffic Friday afternoon around the Raleigh Convention Center, as racers pick up their packets. WRAL-TV will offer live reports on the crowds and the activities at the Health & Fitness Expo.
The first concert of the weekend, Gavin DeGraw with special guests Marc Scibilia and Jason Adamo Band, is open to registered runners at Red Hat Amphitheater. When? Doors open at 7 p.m. The Show starts at 8 p.m. Some tickets remain for the general public, or you can experience the concert without a ticket through a photo gallery on WRAL.com.
Saturday: Free concerts and a 5K
Before the new 5K begins at 8 a.m. on the campus of the former Dorthea Dix hospital, WRAL-TV will offer live reports.
Sunday: Marathon and half take over Raleigh roads
For the series two biggest races, tens of thousands of runners and spectators are expected along a course that begins and ends in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
Tune in to the WRAL Morning News beginning at 6 a.m. for an update on traffic, parking and the pre-race excitement, and watch the start live on TV, on WRAL.com or the WRAL News app.
Track road closures on Twitter with @WRALTraffic and listen for updates on 99.9 FM The Fan.
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.
By 8 a.m., watch on WRAL.com or the WRAL News app as the half marathon winners cross the finish line. The live, finish line camera will remain up as marathoners and half marathoners finish.
The finish line concert begins at 8 a.m., too, and includes performances by Four Founders, St. Lucia and Look Homeward at Red Hat Amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public.
By Sunday afternoon, WRAL.com will feature a complete race wrap-up, including hundreds of photos of runners, supporters and the concerts, a review of the finish line camera and interviews with the winners.