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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, April 8, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 60°F (15°C)
Average High: 72°F (22°C)
Average Low: 47° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.21
Course Score: 96.35

Race Size

2017: 805 Finishers
2016: 963 Finishers
2015: 959 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 5.2%
2016: 5.5%
2015: 2.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The new Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon course travels through downtown Raleigh, through the campuses of Meredith College and North Carolina State University, and by scenic Lake Johnson. The course changes occur after leaving the Lake Johnson area.

The course is hilly and will provide a challenge to anyone looking to PR or qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Marathon Rankings

The Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon was the 90th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 91st largest in 2015.

This year 5.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon the 373rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 97th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 96.35 ranks it as the 382nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 10th fastest course in North Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon a PR Score of 96.21. This PR Score ranks it as the 365th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in North Carolina.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 472 feet (143m)
Min Elevation: 244 feet (74m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon

4 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2015 Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


I really enjoyed the area around Raleigh and the course takes you through nice parts of the surrounding areas. The expo was well done and the concert venue beside the start/finish is very nice. Overall a good location for a Rock N Roll event. The big minus here is the hills. At about 1200 feet of elevation change it is not a novice or first marathon course.

Race Tips

1200 feet of elevation change! First half is rolling hills and the second half is long inclines. Best of both worlds!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed outside of Raleigh at a La Quinta by Crabtree Valley Mall. My wife and I were easily able to navigate start/finish and she was able to see me at several places on the run. Access the middle of the race from Western Blvd. You should be able to see runners on Hillsborough and Avent Ferry. Use 40/64 and Route 1 to navigate around the outside of the city during the race.

Finish Time Equivalent

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