5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Resolution Run 5K
    The Resolution Run 5K is open to runners and walkers.  This North Carolina 5K starts at 10:00 am at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville.  Participants will receive a short-sleeved commemorative race t-shirt.  Participants have the option of purchasing a Finisher's Medal during registration for $10 with a deadline of December 1st.  There will be free coffee provided before the race and post-race food for all participants.
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    Asheville 1 January 2018 Idaph
    Valentine 5K
    The Valentine 5K Run starts at 10:00 am at Lake Tomahawk Park and takes runners to three of the Black Mountain's Greenways.  This 3.1 mile course offers runners several challenging hills.  This North Carolina 5K is part of the 2018 Asheville Track Club Grand Prix.  Participants have the option to register as an individual or as part of a two-person team.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Individual participants and the team with the most Valentine spirit will earn the Spirit Award.
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    Black Mountain 10 February 2018 Runsignup
    Durham NC Parkrun 5K
    The Durham NC Parkrun is a free weekly 5K run, starting every Saturday at 8:00 am.  This North Carolina 5K takes place in Southern Boundaries Park.  While the 5K event is free, participants must register.  All participants are invited to grab a post parkrun coffee from Foster's Market in Durham.
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    Durham 17 March 2018 Parkrun
    Go Tell It On The Mountain 5K
    The Go Tell It On The Mountain 5K takes place at the Otto Community Building.  This North Carolina 5K event gives runners an elevation change of 260 feet from start to finish.  Race shirts are only available to the first 100 registered runners.  There will be post-race food and beverage available for runners.  This 5K event supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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    Franklin 31 March 2018 Active
    Lighthouse 5K Series
    The Lighthouse 5K Series is presented by the Brindley Beach Vacations.  This 5K is held every Wednesday at 8:00 am at the Whalehead Club in Corolla.  This North Carolina 5K is walker and stroller friendly.  All participants receive a Finisher's Medal and a t-shirt.  Trophies are given to the first place male and female finishers.  There is a post-race breakfast and refreshments.
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    Corolla 13 September 2017 Theobxrunningcompany
    Beethoven 5K
    The Beethoven 5K is hosted by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.  This North Carolina 5K takes place at 9 am.  This 3.1 mile race offers runner a flat course on paved running trails.  Participants are guaranteed a long-sleeved heavy cotton shirt if registered by January 22nd.
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    Leland 28 January 2018 5starraceproductions
    Blue Ribbon Run
    The Blue Ribbon Run takes place at Autumn Hall and follows City Trail through Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.  The 5K race starts at 4:00 pm.  All proceeds from the Blue Ribbon Run will benefit colon cancer awareness and finding a cure.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, the top 3 overall male and female Masters finishers, and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Participants will receive a race shirt if registered by March 19th.
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    Wilmington 31 March 2018 Its-go-time
    Cookies for Kids' Cancer 5K
    The Cookie for Kids' Cancer 5K raises money to find a cure for pediatric cancer.  This North Carolina 5K starts in the neighborhood of Randolph Park.
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    Charlotte 1 April 2017 Cookiesforkidscancer
    Polar Bear 5K
    The Polar Bear 5K is dog-friendly and walker friendly.  Registration includes a t-shirt.  The 5K course is USATF certified and participants have the option to register for the competitive (timed) or non-competitive (not timed) 5K.  Those who register for the competitive 5K are eligible for awards.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Selma 21 January 2017 App.racereach.com
    Mardi Gras Miles
    The Mardi Gras Miles 5K takes runners through the campuses of St. John Paul II school and St. Joseph of the Pines.  The 3.1 mile course includes both road and trail.  This North Carolina 5K event is walker-friendly and open to runners of all ages and abilities.  This 5K event is dog-friendly.  This is a USATF certified event.
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    Southern Pines 25 February 2017 Mardigrasmiles

    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 walk 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
    Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K
    The Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K starts at 8:55 am on 125 Hill Street.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers, the first male and female Masters finishers, the first male and female Grand Masters finishers and the top 3 finishers in each age group category.
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    Asheville 20 January 2018 Hotchocolate10K
    Shamrock Run
    The Shamrock Run offers 5K and 10K distance options.  The 10K course is USATF certified and gives runners a chance to enjoy historic and scenic Downtown Mocksville.  There will be complimentary food and live music at the event.  Participants are guaranteed a t-shirt if registered before February 15th.  This is a charity fundraising event for Storehouse for Jesus.
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    Mocksville 4 March 2017 Shamrockrunnc
    Beat the Bridge
    The Beat the Bridge race event offers a 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run distance options.  The North Carolina 10K course gives runners a chance to enjoy the beautiful city of Jacksonville.  The Beat the Bridge takes place at New Bridge Middle School.
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    Jacksonville 24 March 2018 Runsignup
    Quest for the Crest 10K
    Runners experience 6,500 feet of elevation change at the Quest for the Crest 10K.  This North Carolina 10K is a trail run and a point to point course.  The Quest for the Crest 10K is sponsored by the NC High Peaks Trail Association.  This race works to support local trails and the local community.
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    Burnsville 19 May 2018 Runbumtours
    Hit the Brixx 10K
    The Hit the Brixx racing event offers a 10K, 5K and 1K distance option.  The Hit the Brixx 10K is presented by Novant Health and offers finishers a full pizza and pasta buff after the race.  Proceeds from this North Carolina 10K go to the Kids Path pediatric care program of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region 2017.  Participants will receive a gender specific race t-shirt.  This 6.2 mile course features rolling hills.
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    Charlotte 16 September 2017 Runforyourlife
    Get Pumped for Pink 10K
    The Get Pumped for Pink 10K is a road race sponsored by the Outer Banks Running Company.  This North Carolina 10K event takes place at 8 am.  Participants can register to test their fitness by bench pressing weights and running the 6.2 mile distance.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall female and male finishers.  All participants will receive a race t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  There will be a post-race party.
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    Kitty Hawk 30 September 2017 Theobxrunningcompany
    Race for Steak
    The Race for Steak 10K offers runners a USATF certified course.  All proceeds from this North Carolina 10K will go directly to local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry.  This 6.2 mile race starts at the Angus Barn and takes runners through Umstead State Park.  There will be breakfast items provided.  This event is held rain or shine.
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    Raleigh 8 October 2017 Walkforhope
    Kickin' Asphalt 10K
    The Kickin' Asphalt 10K starts at 8 am at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center.  This North Carolina 10K takes runners through historic Downtown Murphy.  Participants can enjoy post-race refreshments.  All participants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt and swag bag.  This is a USATF certified event and is part of the Tennessee Grand Prix.  There will be prizes for the overall male, female and Masters winners.
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    Murphy 4 November 2017 Kickinasphaltmurphy
    Millstone Creek Apple Cider 10K
    The Millstone Creek Apple Cider 10K starts at 9:00 am at the Millstone Creek Orchard.  The 10K course takes runners through the Millstone Creek Orchard as well as Downtown Ramseur.  Registration includes admission to the Fall Carnivale, which takes place after the race.  The Millstone Creek Apple Cider 10K is part of the Piedmont Race Series and sponsored by DICK'S Sporting Goods.  Awards will be presented to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Participants are guaranteed a t-shirt if registered by October 13th.
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    Ramseur 4 November 2017 Millstonecreekapplecider5K10K
    Gobble Waddle 10K
    The Gobble Waddle 10K starts at 9:00 am and is open to all ages, runners, walkers and all fitness levels.  Strollers are also welcome.  All proceeds from this North Carolina 10K support the Johnston Health Foundation's Patient Assistance Fund.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers.
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    Smithfield 18 November 2017 Runsignup

    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
    BB&T Corporate Cup
    The BB&T Corporate Cup offers runners a half marathon and 5K race distance.  The Half Marathon starts at 7:40 am in Uptown Charlotte.  This North Carolina race event is open to individuals and teams with ten or more participants.  The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is the sponsor for the BB&T Corporate Cup and encourages businesses and community groups to participate in the Team Challenge, earning points towards the "Corporate Cup" Award.
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    Charlotte 10 March 2018 Ymcacharlotte
    Flying Pirate Half Marathon
    The Flying Pirate Half Marathon offers runners free parking, free shuttle service, pacers, and free beer and food at the finish line.  All finishers will receive the Flying Pirate Event Shirt and Finisher's Medal.  Participants can complete the Brave Double Dare Challenge, completing both the 5K and the half marathon.  Brave Double Dare Challengers will receive the 5K shirt and Finisher's Medal, the Half Marathon shirt and Finisher's Medal and the Double Dare Challenger Medal.  Double Dare Challenge Awards will be given to the overall top male and female finishers.  This fun, pirate-themed half marathon takes runners through the Outer Banks, running into Nags Head, around the Wright Brothers National Memorial and through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest.  The Flying Pirate Half Marathon was identified as one of the Bucket List 10 Races to Run in Costume by Runners World in 2016.
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    Kitty Hawk 15 April 2018 Flyingpiratehalfmarathon
    Oak Island Lighthouse Run
    The Oak Island Lighthouse Run is open to runners and walkers.  This North Carolina race event offers participants three race distances.  Participants can complete the Half Marathon, 10K or 5K.  This 13.1 mile course offers runners beautiful views of the North Carolina Coast.  Runners will see salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean and wide beautiful beaches along this course.
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    Oak Island 21 April 2018 Oakislandlighthouserun
    Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
    The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon starts at 7 am.  This North Carolina half marathon offers runners a scenic course and plenty of support along the way.  There will be cheer squads and live music along the 13.1 mile course.  All participants will receive a Finisher's Medal, admission to the finish line festival and post-race concert, a tech t-shirt, a beer at the finish line festival and admission to the two day expo.
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    Raleigh 8 April 2018 Runrocknroll
    Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon
    The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon starts in Downtown Waynesville and offers runners 13.1 miles of tree-lined streets, small farms, country churches and the historic charm of Waynesville.  Runners will also be able to enjoy beautiful views of the mountains in Western North Carolina.  There will be post-race food, drinks, beer and music.  Registration includes a t-shirt, which is guaranteed if you are registered by March 31st.
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    Waynesville 5 March 2018 Haywoodchamber
    Rocktoberfest Half Marathon
    The Rocktoberfest Half Marathon starts at 7:40 am at NewDominion Bank and finishes at Independence Park in Elizabeth.  Participants will receive a shirt if registered by October 2nd and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards are presented to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, the top 3 Masters male and female finishers, the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group and the top 3 Clydesdale and Athena.  This North Carolina event is partnered with RunningWorks, which is a non-profit running program that works to stop homelessness through running.
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    Charlotte 21 October 2017 Runforyourlife
    Asheville Half Marathon
    The Asheville Half Marathon provides runners with a picturesque course that includes the gorgeous homes, mountains and attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.  This North Carolina half marathon starts and finishes in Park Square.  There is a finish festival with free refreshments.  All participants will receive Finisher's Medals.  The Asheville Half Marathon is capped at 3,000 participants.  The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive a cash prize.  The top 3 Master and Grandmaster male and female finishers will also receive cash prizes.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Asheville 9 June 2018 Ashevillehalfmarathon
    Marine Corps Half Marathon
    The Marine Corps Half Marathon starts at 7 am.  This North Carolina half marathon is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.  The 13.1 mile course is USATF certified and starts and finishes at Goettge Memorial Field House.  The Marine Corps Half Marathon is a fast, flat and scenic course.  There will be a post-race party with food, drinks and entertainment.
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    Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon
    The Hillsborough Half Marathon starts at 7 am at the Farmers Market on East Margaret Lane.  This North Carolina half marathon is hosted by Hillsborough Running Club.  The event beneficiary is The Team Drea Foundation, which supports ALS research.  Participants are guaranteed a t-shirt if registered by September 17th.   Awards will be give to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, the top 3 masters male and female finishers, and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  The Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon is USATF certified.
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    Run Ocean Isle Beach
    The Run Ocean Isle Beach starts on East 2nd Street by Pelican's Perch.  This North Carolina half marathon is walker and stroller friendly.  All participants receive a gender specific t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  The Run Ocean Isle Beach Half Marathon is a Coastal Race Productions event.
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    Ocean Isle Beach 7 October 2017 Coastalraceproductions

    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
    Ellerbe Marathon
    The Ellerbe Marathon starts at 8:00 in uptown Ellerbe.  There is a half-marathon option.  This North Carolina marathon is hosted by the Ellerbe Rescue Squad.  This is a certified course.  Registration includes a post-race lunch, an event t-shirt, a Finisher's Medallion and a pottery wine cup.
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    Ellerbe 24 February 2018 Theboogieraces
    Wrightsville Beach Marathon
    The Wrightsville Beach Marathon starts at 6:40 am at Wrightsville Beach.  This 26.2 mile race finishes at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  This is a fast and flat course.  It is a USATF certified course and a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the top 3 Masters male and female finishers.  Male athletes can receive a complimentary entry and hotel if they've run a 1:12:00 half marathon, a 33:00 10K, or a 15:30 5K in the past 12 months.  Female athletes can receive a complimentary entry and hotel if they've run a 1:22:00 half marathon, a 38:00 10K, or a 18:20 5K.  The top finisher in each age group category will receive a custom glass.
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    Wrightsville Beach 17 March 2018 Wrightsvillebeachmarathon
    Asheville Marathon on Biltmore Estate
    The Asheville Marathon is held and run entirely on the Biltmore Estate property.  The 26.2 mile course takes runners through paved and packed dirt roads.  This North Carolina Marathon is limited to 1,525 participants.  Runners will enjoy the beautiful gardens and historic surroundings of the Biltmore Estate.  Participants can complete the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge by completing both the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.  Participants can complete the Backyard to Backyard Challenge by running both half marathons.  The Asheville Marathon is a USATF certified course and qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  This North Carolina marathon is part of the Appalachian Distance Series of the Southeast.  Registration includes a gender specific custom designed race t-shirt, an embroidered blanket, a Finisher's Woodallion, and access to the Biltmore grounds.
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    Asheville 18 March 2018 Ashevillemarathon
    Carolina Beach Marathon
    The Carolina Beach Marathon is a flat, fast course that takes runners through the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.  This North Carolina marathon is USATF certified and a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal.  Long-sleeved shirts are guaranteed if registered before October 1st.
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    Carolina Beach 8 October 2017 Ncraces
    Cannonball Marathon
    The Cannonball Marathon is a newer marathon event in North Carolina.  All participants will receive a Finisher's Medal, an event shirt, post-run foot, two Natty Greene's craft brews and a post-race celebration.  This North Carolina marathon is a USATF certified race and a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  The Cannonball Marathon is part of the Greensboro Race Series.  This 26.2 mile race starts and finishes in Greensboro Country Park.
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    Peak to Creek Marathon
    The Peak to Creek Marathon, formerly known as the Ridge to Bridge Marathon, will start at 8:00 am and is hosted by Burke Recovery.  This North Carolina marathon is capped at 400 runners.  The Peak to Creek Marathon is a Boston Qualifying Event and has been known as one of the USA's Top 10 Boston Qualifying Events.  The majority of the Peak to Creek Marathon course takes place on quiet, unpaved country roads.  About 7 miles of the 26.2 mile course are on a paved surface.  Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers, the top male and female Masters finishers, and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Registration includes a long-sleeved technical shirt and a Peak to Creek race medallion.   All registered runners will be provided with a post-race lunch spread.
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    Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon
    The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  This North Carolina marathon starts at 7:00.  This 26.2 mile race starts and finishes at the historic North Carolina State University Bell Tower and is an out-and-back course.  The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon course was designed to give runners a tour of the many focal points of Raleigh.  Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Raleigh 5 November 2017 Cityofoaksmarathon
    Charlotte Marathon
    The Charlotte Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal that is specific to the 2017 race.  Awards will be give to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, the top 5 Masters male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Charlotte 11 November 2017 Runcharlotte
    Outer Banks Marathon
    Registration for the Outer Banks Marathon includes a Finisher's Medal, a shuttle service, an event shirt, free runner food and beer, and a post-race party with live music, food and beer.
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    Kitty Hawk 12 November 2017 Outerbanksmarathon
    Tobacco Road Marathon
    The Tobacco Road Marathon takes runners along the American Tobacco Trail.  Runners are on the American Tobacco Trail for 21 of the 26.2 miles.  This 26.2 mile course has very few hills and finishes downhill, making it easy for runners to achieve a marathon PR.  This North Carolina marathon is USATF certified and a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  There will be a post-race party that includes live music and beer from the Appalachian Mountain Brewery Beer Garden.  The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive an award.  There are also age-group awards.  The Tobacco Road Marathon was name one of the top nine best new marathons by Runner's World Magazine in 2014.
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    Cary 18 March 2018 Tobaccoroadmarathon

    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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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    Weymouth Woods 100K Trail Run
    The Weymouth Woods 100K Trail Run takes place at the Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve at 8:00 am.  All participants receive a long-sleeved Patagonia capilene gender specific shirt and a custom finishers award.  This North Carolina trail ultra offers up to 25 relay slots.  Each slot is for teams of 2-7 runners.  Runners complete 14 2.27 mile loops through the trails of Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve.  Awards will be given to the first place male and female overall finisher.  This is a fun family friendly event.
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    Southern Pines 13 January 2018 Etinternet
    Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run
    The Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run takes trunners through the William B. Umstead State Park.  This North Carolina ultra event offers a 100 mile and 50 mile distance.  Runners complete 8 laps with each lap totaling 12.5 miles.  A "Hundred Miler" Finisher Certificate will be given to all runners who complete the 100 mile Umstead Ultra.
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    Raleigh 7 April 2018 Umstead100
    Mountains-to-Sea Trail 12 Mile and 50K Challenge
    The Mountains-to-Sea Trail 12 Mile and 50K Challenge is hosted by the Bull City Running Company. This North Carolina Ultra event starts at 7:00 am.  This ultra event is a single-track hiking trail and gives runners a well-marked course.  The MST 50K Challenge is an out-and-back run that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Point Park.  This 50K has a turnaround at the Falls Lake Dam.  All finishers will receive an award.  Awards will also be presented to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top male and female Masters finishers.  There is also an option to run as a team of 5.
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    Wake Forest 8 April 2018 Bullcityrunning
    Blue Ridge Relay
    The Blue Ridge Relay is one of the longest running relay races in the USA.  This ultra event consists of 4-12 person teams, rotating through 36 transition areas to cover 208 miles.  Each team member runs 3 legs for an average total distance of 16.6 miles.  This 208 mile relay event starts in Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia near the base of Mount Rogers.  The course takes runners along country roads as they make their way through North Carolina's High Country.  This is a USATF certified event and was voted "The 2015 Best Road Race" by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
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    Asheville 8 September 2017 Blueridgerelay
    WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon
    The WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon is a multi-lap ultra marathon that offers runners a 50K and a 50 mile distance option.  The 50K has runners complete three approximately 10 mile loops.  The 50 miler is more challenging and is designed for the more experienced ultra runner.  Runners complete three loops that measure approximately 17 miles per loop for the 50 miler.  Registration includes a Steel Pint Cup and a Recover Brand Hoodie.  All 50 miler finishers will be given a belt buckle and all 50K finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal.
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    Charlotte 14 October 2017 Usnwc
    Tuna Run 200
    The Tuna Run 200 is an overnight relay event.  Teams of 4-12 people split 36 legs to cover the total distance of 200 miles.  This North Carolina ultra event starts in Lake Benson Park and finishes at the beach on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.  There is also a 70 mile distance option.
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    Raleigh 20 October 2017 Tunarun200
    Triple Lakes Trail Race
    The Triple Lakes Trail Race offers a Half Marathon, 40K, and 40 Mile distance options that begin at Bur Mill Park.  The 40K and 40 Mile race feature a relay division.  The course for the Triple Lakes Trail Race features mostly hiking and mountain bike trails.  All finishers will be given a Triple Lakes Race Medal.  Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female finishers, the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category, and the top relay teams.  Registration includes a gender specific race shirt.
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    Greensboro 21 October 2017 Triplelakesrace
    Derby 50K Ultra Run
    The Derby 50K takes place at the Derby Community Building and is only open to the first 100 entries.  Runners will be treated to a pasta lunch at the conclusion of the 31 mile race.  The Derby 50K Ultra Run is a USATF certified course and is 31.5 miles on 3 loops with rolling hills on asphalt and dirt.  The first male and female overall finishers will receive an authentic Derby hat.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal.
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    Derby 25 November 2017 Etinternet
    Salem Lakeshore Frosty Fifty
    The Salem Lakeshore Frosty Fifty features a 25K individual, 50K individual, and 50K relay option.  Registration includes a gender specific t-shirt.  The 50K relay option consists of teams of 4 with each runner completing a leg of 12.5K.  This ultra marathon event starts and finishes at the Salem Lake Trailhead.  This looping course features wide rolling dirt trail along Salem Lake and a paved bike path along Salem Creek.  Each loop is about 7 miles with a out-and-back add-on to bring each loop to 12.5K.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medallion.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the first male and female finisher in each age group category.  Awards will be given to the top teams in each division.  The Salem Lakeshore Frosty Fifty is hosted by the Twin City Track Club.
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    Winston-Salem 6 January 2018 Twincitytc
    Badwater Cape Fear
    The Badwater Cape Fear features a 50K and 51 mile distance options.  The ultra course starts with a 12 mile warm-up on the roads of Bald Head Island.  Runners then continue to complete 19 or 39 miles on the sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher.  Registration to the Badwater Cape Fear includes an edition of Badwater Magazine, a race t-shirt, a hat, a Badwater Tote Bag, post-race refreshments, a Sunday morning breakfast buffet, a Finisher's Medal and Belt Buckle.
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    Bald Head Island 17 March 2018 Badwater

    About Ultra Races

    An Ultra Marathon is any distance greater than a Marathon (26.2 miles).  Some Ultra race distances include 50k, 50 miles, 100k or 100 miles.  Ultra Marathons can also be timed events, where runners run as far as they can in a set amount of time.  These races range from 6 hours up to 24 hours or more

    How did we choose the best Ultra 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 included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  North Carolina is home to 31 Ultra Marathons.  Most of these Ultra Marathons are held in January and October.

    What are the best Ultra Marathons in North Carolina?

    Whether you are looking for a timed race or a particular distance, North Carolina offers several different Ultra Marathons to choose from.  Some are walker friendly while others are very challenging and feature technical terrain.  North Carolina is also home to several Ultra Marathon Relays.  Some of the top Ultra Marathons in North Carolina include the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail 50K Challenge and the WC-50 Ultra Trail Marathon.

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