I always love to share about local races around the Triangle so I am happy to pass along news of a the new Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (RDC) Marathon and Half Marathon. This inaugural road race takes place this fall on Sunday, November 12, 2017, with the start and finish lines located at The Streets at Southpoint shopping mall in Durham.
The RDC Marathon and Half Marathon will host approximately 1,500 total participants (1,000 half marathon runners and 500 full marathon runners) on a USATF-certified course that features the popular American Tobacco Trail. This unique venue gives participants and spectators the opportunity to wine, dine, shop and run all in one place. There will be easy access to The Streets at Southpoint and the many restaurants, shops, breweries and recreational activities in the Triangle area.
“We are extremely excited about this race and what this unique venue offers both racers and spectators,” said Jason Biggs, race organizer and FS Series co-owner. “We wanted this to be a destination race, and this venue allows participants to enjoy the best of the Triangle area prior to Sunday’s events.”
The RDC Marathon and Half Marathon has proudly teamed with the Team Drea Foundation and will raise funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Biggs watched Andrea Peet compete at past FS Series events while courageously battling ALS. Biggs is proud to join her effort to find a cure for ALS.
“I am deeply grateful to FS Series and the RDC Marathon for supporting our mission,” said Peet, namesake and founder of the Team Drea Foundation. “Being diagnosed with ALS at age 33 and told you only have two to five years to live puts things into perspective real quick. I pledged to spend my remaining time raising money for research and spreading awareness about this awful disease that leaves people paralyzed and unable to eat or breathe. Health-permitting, I’ll be out there taking on the RDCMarathon with you on my recumbent trike!”
Registration for the race opens Monday, March 20th. The cost is $70 for the Half Marathon and $90 for the Full Marathon. Registration includes a race sweatshirt, sponsor t-shirt, and finishers medal. For more information visit www.RDCmarathon.com. You can also follow them on twitter at @RunRDC and on instagram at @runrdc for race updates.