5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Trotting for Tatas 5k & 3 - 6 - 9 Hour Ultra Mill Spring, NC 23 October 2021 Trotting for Tatas 5k & 3 - 6 - 9 Hour Ultra
    Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon Wilmington, NC 14 November 2021 Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon
    Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon Wilmington, NC 26 February 2022 Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances we review at Runnerclick, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and people that prefer to participate as walkers in their walking shoes as well.  5Ks are also something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in North Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around and the race swag you get at the finish line.  The design and quality of the the medals is another important factor that many runners consider when picking a race.  There are currently 1,412 5K races in the state of North Carolina.  Most of these 5K races are held in April and October with over 200 races in each month.  The months of March, May, June, September and November have over 100 5K races happening.

    What are the best 5K events in Asheville?

    There are many 5K events that take place in the city of Asheville.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising and some are fun runs, but it all comes down to the runners.  One of the most popular 5K racing events in Asheville is the Resolution Run 5K, offering a great way to kick off the new year and kick start your fitness.

     

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon Wilmington, NC 14 November 2021 Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon

    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 (10 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into.  They are twice the distance of the 5K and still relatively short in distance.  Less runners tend to participate than the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10K events in North Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  According to Running in the USA, there are 192 10K races with most of these 6.2-mile races being held in April and May.

    What are the best 10K race events in Charlotte?

    As the largest city in the state of North Carolina, Charlotte is a popular location for 10K race events.  There are many half marathon events held in Charlotte.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  One of the most notable 10K events in Charlotte is the Hit the Brixx 10K.

    What are the best 10K events in Raleigh?

    Raleigh is a great location for 6.2 mile races.  The 10K events give runners an opportunity to enjoy the historic charm of North Carolina's capital city.  There are many popular 10K races held in Raleigh.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  One of the most notable 10K events in Raleigh is the Race for Steak.

    What are the best 10K events in Asheville?

    Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina and it is the 11th largest city in the state.  There are many 10K events that take place in the city of Asheville.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  One of the most popular 10K racing events in Asheville is the Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K.  This 10K is part of a race series that hosts races in many cities across the USA.

     

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon Wilmington, NC 14 November 2021 Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon
    Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon Wilmington, NC 26 February 2022 Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon of 26 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance, and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half marathon distance is currently higher than that of the full.  According to Running In the USA, there are 89 half marathons in the state of North Carolina.  Most of these half marathons take place in October and November.  There are at least 10 half marathon events held from March to May.  The least popular months for half marathon events in North Carolina are January and August, with 1 event held in each month.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in North Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 13.1-mile course is.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Charlotte?

    Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina, which makes it a popular location for half marathon events.  There are many half marathon events held in Charlotte.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  A few of the half marathon events are trail runs.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events in this populous city include the BB&T Corporate Cup and the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Raleigh?

    As the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh is an ideal location for half marathon events.  The city of Raleigh half marathon events offer runners courses that highlight the historic charm of this city. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  The most notable half marathon event in Raleigh is the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon Wilmington, NC 26 February 2022 Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held in North America, and that number is consistently growing.  Over 90% of these marathons are being held in the United States, with 7%  being held in Canada.  About 72% of these marathons are certified, which means they are Boston Marathon Qualifiers.  September and October are the most popular months for marathon events, with over 100 in each month.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in North Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 26.2-mile course is.  All of the marathons described above are Boston qualifiers.

    What are the best marathon events at the North Carolina beaches?

    There are many popular marathon events that give runners a chance to experience the beautiful beaches of North Carolina.  Some of the more notable marathon events include the Carolina Beach Marathon, the Wrightsville Beach Marathon and the Outer Banks Marathon.  All three of these marathon events offer runners a fast and flat course, which is ideal for achieving a marathon PR or Boston Qualifying time.

    What are the best marathon events in Raleigh?

    There are many popular marathon events in the capital city of North Carolina.  As the second largest city in North Carolina and being known for its oak tree lined streets, it is a popular location for running 26.2 miles.  The most popular marathon event in Raleigh is  the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon.

     

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