November 3rd Race Events Now Open to A Record Number of Runners
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (March 8, 2013) – The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon Race Committee has announced the seventh annual Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon and News & Observer Old Reliable 10K Run, presented by Raleigh Running Outfitters. The event is scheduled for the morning of Sunday, November 3, 2013. Online registration is now available through the official race website, www.cityofoaksmarathon.com The celebrated, homegrown event hosts more than 5,000 participants from across the nation and the globe. After meeting capacity at last year’s races, the race committee plans to expand registration to accommodate 7,000 participants this year.
The races start and finish at N.C. State University’s Bell Tower and showcase Raleigh’s most picturesque spots, including the State Capitol Building, Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, the Glenwood South restaurant district, and Meredith College. Like last year’s event, this year’s marathon course features a 7-mile stretch along the scenic Capital Area Greenway trail system.
“From N.C. State to downtown and out to the wooded trails of the greenway, the course shows why Raleigh is one of the best places to run in the country,” says Race Director Ron Wahula.
With a combined cash purse of $10,500 and a wide participation base, the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon has established itself as the area’s premier marathon event. The 2012 event raised $80,000 for the race’s beneficiaries. This year’s event will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rex Healthcare Foundation, and the YMCA “We Build People” program.
The day’s events also include a marathon relay and a kids’ “marathon” mile sponsored by the YMCA. All races start and finish at the N.C. State University Bell Tower and begin at 7:00 a.m. The YMCA Kids’ Marathon Mile sets off at 7:20 a.m.
To register for the 2013 Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, News & Observer Old Reliable 10K Run, or YMCA Kids’ Marathon Mile, visit www.cityofoaksmarathon.com . All registration is being handled on line.
Presenting sponsor Raleigh Running Outfitters established the Raleigh City of Oaks Race in 2007 with the intention of bringing a prestigious running event to the city of Raleigh, one that would draw thousands of runners and spectators and would have a meaningful impact on its beneficiaries. Raleigh Running Outfitters is an independently owned and operated retailer that supplies shoes, apparel and accessories to all types of runners and walkers. The store operates in two Triangle locations: in Raleigh, at 7449 Six Forks Road in the Celebration at Six Forks shopping center; and in Cary, at 2773 NC Highway 55 in the High House Crossing shopping center.