Course Information

** Please note: These courses are a reflection of the past City of Oaks Marathon event. Courses are subject to change for the 2021 event. Stay tuned for any updates.

Course Description

Each course was designed to showcase many of the focal points of the capital city, including Fayetteville Street and the State Capitol Building in downtown Raleigh, the Glenwood South restaurant district, Meredith College, NC State University, and the NC State Bell Tower. The courses show the diversity of Raleigh’s landscape, from modern city to wooded trails with a lakeside setting. Marathon runners will also be treated to a run on the Capital Area Greenway system.

The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and Acorn 5k will be a USATF-sanctioned events and USATF-certified courses. The marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The 2021 certification numbers will be available soon.

**Please note:  Pets (dogs, cats; etc.) are NOT PERMITTED to run on ANY of our courses.

Hydration Stations

Water and Gatorade will be provided at every hydration station. Hydration station locations for each distance are listed below:

  • Full Marathon: Miles 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.5, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22.5, 25
  • Half Marathon:  Miles 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11
  • 10k:  Miles 2 and 5
  • 5k: Miles 2

Medical Stations

There will be four medical stations on the race course and a medical tent at the finish line. An ambulance will be available at the main start/finish line. There will be four medical bike teams patrolling the course along with two ATV medical teams on the greenway portion of the course.

All participants will receive a gear check tag on the participant’s bib number as well as a bag to use for gear check at packet pick-up. Runners may check their bag at the gear check area located beside Subway (2020 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC) at Hillsborough St. and Maiden Lane. You will need to attach your numbered tag (pulled from the bottom of your race bib) to your bag.

**The race is not responsible or liable for items placed in your bags and left at the bag check.

The start/finish line at the NC State Bell Tower

  • The State Capitol area downtown (Miles 3.5 and 4.5 for the full and half marathon, relays and 10k)
  • Cameron Village (Mile 7.1 for the full and half marathon; mile 6.2 finish for the 10k)
  • Meredith College (Mile 11 for the half marathon and marathon; mile 24 for the marathon)
  • Crabtree Valley Mall (Miles 15 and 20 for the marathon)
  • North Hills Drive – just south of Northbrook Drive (Miles 16 and 18 for the full marathon)