RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Downtown Raleigh is expected to be packed over the weekend for the Humana Rock’N’Roll marathon.
Organizers expect more than 9,000 runners to participate in the run.
“I have always wanted to do something fun,” said Paula Clemente, of Castilia. “I’m 48 years old and I want to do something that keeps me young.”
For Garner resident, Marcelle Horner, it’s all about one special person.
“My grandmother whom I love so much passed on February the 10th and I just decided then that I wanted to do something to honor her,” Horner told CBS North Carolina.
Others are doing the race to keep up with their pledges to make several marathons across the nation. For one group of friends, it’s also been a chance to do some sightseeing.
“You know what the city it’s gorgeous and we like– we feel really welcomed here,” said Karen Barth, of Houston. “There’s banners up and it’s been really nice, warm welcome from your city.”
While the event is meant for a good time, some doubt the charitable intentions of organizers. CBS North Carolina asked about allegations that money raised by the marathon isn’t going to a good cause.
“The featured charity for us is the V Foundation, obviously a local charity here,” said Katie Holmes, an event manager with the Raleigh race. “And basically, we’re providing a platform for them to raise money through our races, through registrations, through everybody that runs with Team V. They have a platform to raise money through their family and friends.”
The races kick off Saturday morning with a 5K at the Dorothea Dix Park, and the marathon and half marathon takes place Sunday morning.
For the first time, the marathon will host three days of live music. It started Friday night with a Gavin DeGraw concert at Red Hat Amphitheater.
For more information, about free events and traffic changes, see below:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh is rolling into the City of Oaks this weekend.
On Saturday, April 9, there will be closures in the area of Dorothea Dix Park for the 5K event.
Sunday’s longer races will bring many more closures to Raleigh streets. Most closures will start by 6 a.m. and last through early afternoon.
The marathon and half marathon start at 7 a.m. on Sunday. The start is at Salisbury and Davie Streets. Runners will finish on Fayetteville and Davie Streets. Festivities will be held at Red Hat Amphitheater.
Here is the road closure information you will want to know if you are planning to go to Raleigh on Sunday.
Is your destination N.C. State, a church in downtown Raleigh, or Cameron Village? Check out these specific detours.
Sunday road closures include, but are not limited to:
• S Salisbury Street (whole road) closed from Martin Street to Morgan Street
• McDowell Street (whole road) closed from MLK Blvd to W Jones Street
• N Wilmington (whole road) closed from W Jones Street to E North Street
• N Blount Street (whole road) closed from E North Street to MLK Boulevard
• MLK Boulevard (westbound) closed from Blount Street to Chavis Way
• Bloodworth (whole road) closed from E Davie Street to Oakwood Avenue
• Oakwood Avenue (whole road) from S Bloodworth Street to Watauga Street
• Brookside Drive (whole road) closed from Watauga Street to Glascock Street
• Glascock Street (whole road) closed from Brookside Drive to Wake Forest Street Road
• E/W Peace Street (westbound) closed from N Blount Street to W Johnson Street/Bellwood Drive
• Clark Avenue (westbound) closed from W Johnson Street/Bellwood Drive to Gardner Street
• Hillsborough Street (whole road) closed from Pullen Road to Faircloth Street
• Faircloth Street (southbound) closed from Hillsborough Street to East Campus Drive (Faircloth Street entrance)
• Pullen Road (whole road) closed from Hillsborough Street to Western Boulevard
• Western Boulevard (eastbound) closed from Pullen Road to Hunt Drive
• Oval Drive (northbound) closed from Centennial Parkway to The Oval
• Avent Ferry Road (northbound) closed from Varsity Drive to Lake Johnson East Trail loop
• Centennial Parkway (northbound) closed from Nazareth Street to Achievement Drive
• Main Campus Drive (westbound) from Trailwood Drive to Achievement Drive
• S. Boylan Avenue (whole road) closed from W Lenoir Street to W Morgan Street
• W. Hargett Street (whole road) closed from McDowell Street to Wilmington Street
• Fayetteville Street (whole road) closed from E Lenoir Street to Martin Street