Course Description

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The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and 10K are USATF-sanctioned events and USATF-certified courses. The marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The race courses were designed to showcase many of the focal points of the city including Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, the State Capitol Building, the Glenwood South restaurant district, Meredith College, N.C. State University, and the Bell Tower. The courses expose the diversity of Raleigh's landscape, from modern city to wooded trails with a lakeside setting. Marathon runners will be treated to a run on the Capital Area Greenway system.

The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon run together for the first 11 miles. Marathoners then head onto the Capital Area Greenway at Meredith College, while half marathoners continue onto Hillsborough Street u-turning at I-440 and returning to the Bell Tower via Hillsborough Street.

Marathoners continue on an out-and-back route which includes the  House Creek Greenway. They continue on past Crabtree Valley Mall towards Shelley Lake before heading back the same way.

Turn-by-turn Directions

Marathon

  1. Start on Hillsborough St near the Belltower
  2. Begin by running towards downtown (eastbound)
  3. Turn right onto Ashe Ave
  4. Turn left onto westbound Western Blvd (from west side of triangle in intersection)
  5. Turn left onto S. Boylan Ave
  6. Turn right onto Morgan St
  7. Turn right onto Dawson St
  8. Turn left onto Martin St
  9. Turn left onto Fayetteville St
  10. Turn right onto Morgan St
  11. Turn left onto Wilmington St
  12. Turn left onto Salisbury St
  13. Turn right onto Hillsborough St
  14. Turn right onto Glenwood Ave
  15. Turn left onto Washington
  16. Turn left onto Nicholwood Dr
  17. Turn left onto St. Marys St
  18. Turn right onto Clark Ave
  19. Turn right onto Pogue St
  20. Turn left onto Everett Ave
  21. Turn left onto Gardner St
  22. Turn left onto Clark Ave
  23. Turn right onto Brooks Ave
  24. Turn left onto O’Berry
  25. Turn left onto Dixie Trail
  26. Turn right onto Clark Ave
  27. Turn slight left onto Faircloth St
  28. Turn right onto Hillsborough St
  29. Turn right into the main Meredith College entrance
  30. Complete the main entrance circle and return towards Hillsborough St.
  31. Turn right onto House Creek Greenway
  32. Follow greenway – cross over Horton St
  33. Follow greenway – cross over Glen Eden Dr
  34. Follow greenway – cross over Blue Ridge Rd
  35. Continue towards Shelley Lake then turnaround as marked
  36. Exit greenway at the main Meredith College entrance
  37. Turn right on Hillsborough St
  38. U-turn between Beryl Rd & Beltline
  39. Proceed east on Hillsborough St to start/finish

Half Marathon

  1. Start on Hillsborough St near the Belltower
  2. Begin by running towards downtown (eastbound)
  3. Turn right onto Ashe Ave
  4. Turn left onto westbound Western Blvd (from west side of triangle in intersection)
  5. Turn left onto S. Boylan Ave
  6. Turn right onto Morgan St
  7. Turn right onto Dawson St
  8. Turn left onto Martin St
  9. Turn left onto Fayetteville St
  10. Turn right onto Morgan St
  11. Turn left onto Wilmington St
  12. Turn left onto Salisbury St
  13. Turn right onto Hillsborough St
  14. Turn right onto Glenwood Ave
  15. Turn left onto Washington
  16. Turn left onto Nicholwood Dr
  17. Turn left onto St. Marys St
  18. Turn right onto Clark Ave
  19. Turn right onto Pogue St
  20. Turn left onto Everett Ave
  21. Turn left onto Gardner St
  22. Turn left onto Clark Ave
  23. Turn right onto Brooks Ave
  24. Turn left onto O’Berry
  25. Turn left onto Dixie Trail
  26. Turn right onto Clark Ave
  27. Turn slight left onto Faircloth St
  28. Turn right onto Hillsborough St
  29. Turn right into the main Meredith College entrance
  30. Complete the main entrance circle and return to Hillsborough St.
  31. Turn right on Hillsborough St
  32. U-turn between Beryl Rd & Beltline
  33. Proceed east on Hillsborough St to start/finish

10K

  1. Start on Hillsborough St near the Belltower
  2. Begin by running towards downtown (eastbound)
  3. Turn right onto Ashe Ave
  4. Turn left onto westbound Western Blvd (from west side of triangle in intersection)
  5. Turn left onto S. Boylan Ave
  6. Turn right onto Morgan St
  7. Turn right onto Dawson St
  8. Turn left onto Martin St
  9. Turn left onto Fayetteville St
  10. Turn right onto Morgan St
  11. Turn left onto Wilmington St
  12. Turn left onto Salisbury St
  13. Turn right onto Hillsborough St
  14. Turn right onto Glenwood Ave
  15. Turn left onto Washington
  16. Turn left onto Nicholwood Dr
  17. Turn left onto St. Marys St
  18. Turn right onto Clark Ave to finish

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