Race started on time. You might want to get there early if you want to be in the front to start the race. Lot of porta-potties at start/finish.
Pros - Pretty course, see both downtown Raleigh and lots of Greenway of Raleigh. Well organized. Course well marked. Lots of volunteers. Lots of aid stations which offered gel packs, gatorade/water. Free parking. Reasonable price. Pizza at finish. Beer at finish (though I couldn't find it). Bag drop. Weather is usually fairly cool at start. Times are posted right away. Both chip and gun time.
Cons - Not a lot of parking close by, hard to find parking...causing a long walk to start the race. No pacers showed up on race day 2016. Not sure why. Feels crowded at the start due to marathoners and half-marathon starting at the same time. The course is also shared with 10K and 5K at various parts of the race so there is more traffic on course than the 500 finishers of marathon. Tough hill at end of course about mile 23.
I am planning on doing this course again to improve on my time.
Save some energy for the last hills around mile 23. they are a beast.
if you can afford to stay at hotel within walking distance of start that will save you time finding a place to park.
By ILB about 2016
Well organized, good running weather, and not too crowded.
Be prapred for some hills between miles 20 and 23.
By DS about 2016
Disappointing race. Way to many other race distances makes things very confusing. Organization looking to make profit for event production company. Took away all prize $ after 10 years too. Ran many times competing and winning $ but no desire to support any longer.
By Anonymous about 2016
Great marathon! It was my first and it went very well. Goes through Raleigh, then out on the greenway and back. Plenty of spectators, music along the way, aid stations every two miles, and great weather. Only bad thing was the big hill at mile 23. Overall great experience.