Mixing fitness and pleasure
The popularity of combining a running race with a girl’s weekend or a family getaway is at an all time high. It’s not a new concept but one that’s inspired event organizers FS Series and The Streets at Southpoint to join forces to host the inaugural RDC Marathon & Half-Marathon this fall.
“Runners are looking for new and fun places with a unique vibe to come experience,” says Jason Biggs, race organizer and FS Series co-owner. “RDC is unique in that the course is urban but the second half roles into the countryside of Durham and Chatham County. Durham has a vibe of being a young, hip and upcoming city so I think there is a lot to explore. Raleigh and Chapel Hill bring there own vibe.”
RDC will host 1500 runners on a USATF-certified course that includes the American Tobacco Trail on Sunday, November 12th. The start and finish lines will be in the heart of The Streets at Southpoint.
“For the first year we expect around 40 percent of runners to come from out of town but expect it to grow to 50 percent year after year,” says Biggs. The combination of greenway and trail run will give out-of-towners the opportunity to see the rural and urban diversity the Triangle has to offer runners.
Those who register have the option of adding afternoon restaurant tasting tours in downtown Raleigh, Durham or Carrboro/Chapel Hill; dinner and drink tours in Raleigh or Durham for $55-$69.50. Beltline Brew Tours is also offering a Raleigh tour that includes Bond Bros., Raleigh Brewing and Gizmo or a Durham tour to Bull City, Ponysauraus and Fullsteam for $45.