Marathon Relay Overview

WHEN

Sun, November 3, 2019
Race begins at 7:00 am

WHERE

2100 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607

The 13th annual Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina City of Oaks Marathon Relay, Presented by WRAL, will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019! Please note, the information below is reflective of the 2018 event, 2019 information is subject to change!

*Note: Please remember that daylight saving time changes at 2:00am ET on Sunday, November 3. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour to be on time for the start!

4-Person Marathon Relay Info

Marathon Relay teams have four members. Relay leg distances vary from  5.0 miles to 7.9 miles listed below.

  • Leg 1: 7.1 miles
    Runner starts at the N.C. State Bell Tower and finishes just beyond mile marker 7 at Cameron Village. After completing the lead-off leg, the runner returns to the start/finish area via Oberlin Road (a five-minute walk).
  • Leg 2: 7.9 miles
    Runner walks to Cameron Village from the N.C. State Bell Tower for handoff. Leg starts at Cameron Village and finishes just beyond mile marker 15 on Crabtree Valley Ave. behind Crabtree Valley Mall. After completing this leg, the runner returns to the start/finish area via race-provided transportation.
  • Leg 3: 5.0 miles
    Starts and finishes at Blue Ridge Rd. and Crabtree Valley Ave behind Crabtree Valley Mall and finish is just beyond mile marker 20. Transportation is provided to/from Crabtree Valley Mall from the NC State Bell Tower – buses positioned on Pullen Road adjacent to the Bell Tower. Buses depart immediately after the race starts at 7:00 AM. After completing this leg, the runner returns to the start/finish area via race-provided transportation.
  • Leg 4: 6.2 miles
    Starts on Crabtree Valley Ave at mile marker 20, behind Crabtree Valley Mall. Transportation is provided to Crabtree Valley Mall from the start/finish line. Anchor leg finishes at the N.C. State Bell Tower.

The team captain creates the team name and registers and pays for the entire team. The team captain can then add or change team members later.

The last relay leg receives four finisher medals at the finish line.

Team Registration and Packet Pick-up

Team captains create the team name, register for and pay for the entire team. The team captain can then add or change team members through Saturday, Nov. 3 before the conclusion of packet pick-up. The team captain or designated team member should pick up all relay member bibs and race shirts at the expo. It is then that designee’s responsibility to distribute them items to team members. Please note: If the team captain is not picking up the bibs, the designated team member must show a picture of each team member’s IDs to pick up their race items.

Bus Transportation: FOR RUNNERS ONLY – NO SPECTATORS

Buses will transport Relay Leg #3 and Relay Leg #4 runners to the Crabtree Valley Mall Relay Exchange Zone immediately after the race starts at 7:00am. The last bus will depart the NC State Bell Tower bus stop on Pullen Rd. at 7:30am.

Buses will run continuously from Crabtree Valley Mall transporting the Relay Runners back to the Bell Tower start/finish area.

Timing and Bibs

Relay Teams will be provided one timing chip which will be fastened to a neoprene ankle strap. That ankle strap will be handed off between relay team members. Each team member will receive two bibs. The numbered bib is worn on the front of each runner and the “non-numbered” RELAY bib will be worn on the back of each relay runner.

The last runner will receive all four relay team medals upon crossing the finish line. 

Directions

From RDU airport, follow signs for I-40 East toward Raleigh. Once on I-40 East, drive 5 miles to Wade Avenue/North Raleigh and take the right-hand exit (right two lanes). Remain in the right lane and take the third exit onto South 440/Hillsborough Street. Take South 440 to exit for Hillsborough/N.C. State University. Go east on Hillsborough to the NC State University Campus.

Awards Info

View all the awards categories here!

Course Info

View all course information (including aid station information) and course maps here!

Click here for more information on race day road closures.