Information about road closures and access during the 2018 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon and 5K is posted on this page.  Note that there is no full marathon this year. This page is continuously updated and subject to change.

The Half Marathon on Sunday, April 8, 2017 starts at 7:00 AM on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.  It finishes on Lenoir Street at West Street.  The post-race finish festival and concert occur in Red Hat Amphitheater. The 5k and 1 mile races on Saturday, April 7 start and finish in Dix Park.  For detailed information about the races, visit the event website here.



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Use the free Waze App on your smart phone for point to point directions around race day road closures! Download here.

Be Aware. Plan Ahead

Drivers are urged to plan ahead and adjust travel time within and around the race course.

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh will bring 9,000 runners and walkers to Raleigh, in addition to thousands of spectators, family and friends.
  • To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures in your area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.
  • Join the festivities! Raleigh residents are encouraged to visit the free Health & Fitness Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center, volunteer during race weekend and/or line the course to cheer runners.

Road Closures

The half marathon starts at 7:00 am. Most road closures will be in effect between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm. At some points along the race course, pedestrians and bicyclists may cross the runner path if there are safe gaps between runners. Please follow the directions of traffic officers stationed on the course when crossing.

Streets will reopen on a rolling basis when the last participant passes and course support materials are removed. Streets along the early miles of the route will reopen sooner than roads near the end of the route.

Please review the course map, the road closure grid and the Road Closure Notice with alternate access routes for more information. Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes  on race day.  Please expect delays when traveling in areas near the course.

Road Closure Map

2018 interactive map coming soon! To view a map of the 2017 course that outlines the road closures, highlights alternate routes/metering points and provides access information for popular destinations which will be affected by road closures during the race, CLICK HERE.

At most points along the course, pedestrians and bicyclists may cross the course during safe gaps in runners. Please follow the discretion of a traffic controller if present.  Google Maps does NOT take into account the road closures on race day. To request assistance with alternate directions please contact the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series community relations by completing the community contact form.

Alternate Access Routes

See notices and maps below showing access routes open for specific areas.

  • Community Road Closure Notification
  • Downtown–Alternate Access Map

Church Access Directions & Passes

Alternate directions to help church members avoid road closures on race morning will be posted below and  distributed to church administrators. Click on your church for specific directions. Print and carry with you on race morning.

Christ the King Church
Christ Church
Haitian Evangelical
Church of the Good Shepherd Hillyer Memorial Christian
Davie St Presbyterian Holy Trinity Evangelical
Edenton St Methodist King’s Park Raleigh
Emmanuel Pentecostal Sacred Heart
Fairmont United Methodist St. Paul AME
First Baptist – Salisbury St Trinity United Methodist
First Baptist – Wilmington St Tupper Memorial Baptist
First Church of Christ Scientist United House of Prayer
First Presbyterian Victory Tabernacle
Forest Hills Baptist Vintage Church


Metering Locations

Cross-traffic will be metered across the race route at designated intersections during gaps between runners and at the discretion of traffic officers. At times during the race, the runner pack is so tight that vehicles will be unable to cross the course immediately. Traffic may back up waiting to be metered across the course. Please expect delays at these locations and plan your travel accordingly. A complete list of metering locations is here.

Public Transportation Information

Raleigh Transit Authority Detours

On Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, 2018 some CAT bus routes will be on detour due to road closures for the race.  Details will be available on Tuesday of race week.  Please visit the CAT detour website here or call 919-485-7433 for more information.

No Parking

Streets along the race course will be marked with No Parking signs.  Vehicles in violation of these posted signs will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense.  If your vehicle is towed off  the race route, call 919-996-3335. A list of no parking zones is available here.

For More Information

If your question is not answered on this website, please complete this community contact form so we may assist you.