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Rock 'N' Roll Raleigh Marathon Runners: Who Are You? Why Do You Run?

Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh

The spectacle, ummm...sporting event, that is known as the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is headed to Raleigh this April. Are you familiar with it?

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is a tour. It heads to cities around the U.S. and the world in order to stage marathons. Before they reach Raleigh, marathons will be held in New Orleans, Washington, DC, Dallas, and San Francisco. (They will also hold international events prior to reaching North Carolina, in Nice, France; and Madrid, Spain.)

The route is designed to make the most of each city's beauty. but the runners won't be monument-watching much. The sidewalks and greenways will be packed with live musicians - local bands, national bands, cheerleaders. One wonders how the runners keep moving with so much music. Seems you'd want to sit down and, well, listen.

Many area runners have been training all year, some are just beginning to prepare. The thing we do know is that is will be fun, and likely crowded. Some churchgoers might be a little grumpy because the route will block traffic on Palm Sunday.

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.
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