Overall Rating
Overall Rating (35 Reviews)
4.3
(35 Ratings)  (35 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.9
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4.2
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.3
See the City of Oaks on Foot! Each course has been designed to showcase many of the focal points of the City of Raleigh, including Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, the State Capitol Building, the Glenwood South restaurant district, Meredith College, NC State University, and the NC State University Bell … MORE
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    aubreynetzel FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a rather large event and has several distances. There’s so much potential for it but a few things that could be tweaked to make it run so much … MORE

    This is a rather large event and has several distances. There’s so much potential for it but a few things that could be tweaked to make it run so much smoother. There is no parking actually in place, it’s just a free-for-all on finding a place to park in a local neighborhood. I didn’t have a problem as I got there an hour early but understand that others definitely did. The Marathon course is hilly so definitely be prepared for that. They have Gu, junk food stations, water and electrolytes. They do have pace teams but do not offer anything slower than a 5:30 a while the course cut off is six hours, I think more teams would be beneficial. There is an after party which is probably over selling it. They had beer and some food but towards the end of the race, there really is not a whole lot left. I grabbed some stuff and then left shortly after.

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    sumerai27 SPECTATOR '22

    The technical shirt for participants and the participant medals were decent quality. Course was well marked and volunteers were great. Start and finish areas were way too crowded, and no … MORE

    The technical shirt for participants and the participant medals were decent quality. Course was well marked and volunteers were great. Start and finish areas were way too crowded, and no live tracking was offered, so as a spectator you had to know the pace of your runner and just ballpark where thy might be crossing what part of the route and hope you were right. The parking was ridiculous (in a bad way), and road closures and times were listed in an unhelpful chart that made it difficult for you to know if you’d have to detour 30498045 times or not. But the absolute worst part: post-race planning. Considering the massive amounts of time, money, and effort it takes to both take part in and actually organize an event this large, I find it extremely disappointing that there was NO SUPPORT in place for winners who are unable to be at the awards ceremonies to pick up their well-earned awards! Of all the things that need to be considered when planning an event like this, are you telling me that there was NO contingency plan / extremely minimal budgeting saved for mailing awards or arranging for a local pick up spot within a designated time period after the race is over? When a participant works hard, trains, PAYS for your event, AND happens to win, but cannot stay after the race, and when the money has already been spent to have medals created for all of the category and overall winners, it seems like it would be a no brainer to make sure those few people who would be winners at this event be able to receive their award after the race is over. There are plenty of races that are MUCH better prepared.

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    missmac17224 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course was a little hilly but it was well marked and had great support. The shirt was an awesome long-sleeve tech. The medal was cool, with a spinning middle. … MORE

    The course was a little hilly but it was well marked and had great support. The shirt was an awesome long-sleeve tech. The medal was cool, with a spinning middle. There was an after party, but I didn’t attend due to another obligation. Overall, it was a well-run race with 4 distances to choose from. My only complaint was the parking. Parking was basically “find a local neighborhood to park in”, so with around 6000 runners, we had a nearly mile walk to the start/finish area.

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    yma98 FIRST-TIMER '21

    fun race through the city and some pretty neighborhoods. Wasn't quite prepared for all the hills. well supported race with sufficient aid stations and nice spin medal. swag included a … MORE

    fun race through the city and some pretty neighborhoods. Wasn’t quite prepared for all the hills. well supported race with sufficient aid stations and nice spin medal. swag included a tshirt and knit hat.

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    jnolfo REPEAT RUNNER '19

    And I'll do it again. Great atmosphere. Great after party. I like the fact there are so many options (5K - Full Marathon) and that those I run with are … MORE

    And I’ll do it again. Great atmosphere. Great after party. I like the fact there are so many options (5K – Full Marathon) and that those I run with are not resorted to doing a distance they are not comfortable with or don’t run at all.

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    kellyc70 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is always a fantastic experience. They have the details nailed and this year...even better. They had a great new receipt printer that gave you your results on a … MORE

    This race is always a fantastic experience. They have the details nailed and this year…even better. They had a great new receipt printer that gave you your results on a receipt like paper when you entered you bib number. I’ve never seen this before and I was quite impressed. The course is a bit rough, lots of hills but never boring. It highlights the cool parts of Raleigh short of Fayetteville Street. The post run food and drinks were AMAZING! The best part? THE BAND that played after the run. Great energy and fun and it was cold. They brought the HEAT. Great race. Well done, well put together. I love City of Oaks. Old Reliable is a great race.

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    papalegba27612 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a great race! You get a glimpse of NCSU, downtown and the greenway which is a nice treat. The course does have hills throughout (est. 1200 elevation). The … MORE

    This is a great race! You get a glimpse of NCSU, downtown and the greenway which is a nice treat. The course does have hills throughout (est. 1200 elevation). The aid stations were well supplied at least when I ran through them. The expo was good with local vendors/stores. Crowd support was ok for a small hometown race. The post food and party was decent with a band. Swag was great. Overall I was very happy with everything it offered. I would run it again.

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    footguards FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first race in several decades, and my first half marathon. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. It was well done, and lots of fun. MORE

    This was my first race in several decades, and my first half marathon. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. It was well done, and lots of fun.

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    danielt23 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was very well set-up. From the aid stations along the way, to having port-a-potty's all along the course, alleviating any fears of a sudden GI attack during the … MORE

    This race was very well set-up. From the aid stations along the way, to having port-a-potty’s all along the course, alleviating any fears of a sudden GI attack during the race, to the amazing after party that was had. The best part about this race was the support staff along the course. Not only did the volunteers direct to where to go depending on the race you were in, but they also encouraged you as ran by. The long sleeve shirt was also probably the nicest I’ve ever received from a race. One thing I would warn people though, be ready for the hills. There are plenty from about mile three to mile nine or ten.

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    Kody_Burke FIRST-TIMER '19

    The City of Oaks is a wonderful atmosphere; meeting runners from around the country and world who come together to take part of a challenging yet fun race. Suitable for … MORE

    The City of Oaks is a wonderful atmosphere; meeting runners from around the country and world who come together to take part of a challenging yet fun race. Suitable for all fitness levels!

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    YING REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my daughter's first 5K.She is 8 years old.I paced her 4K.As she had enjoying this race very much.I am runner for marathon and ultra marathon.I should be going … MORE

    This is my daughter’s first 5K.She is 8 years old.I paced her 4K.As she had enjoying this race very much.I am runner for marathon and ultra marathon.I should be going to this race 2020 together with my daughter.

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    sammypoqa FIRST-TIMER '19

    Where do I start? My husband & I flew in from IL to check another state off. We were blown away by every detail of the race. Expo was simple … MORE

    Where do I start? My husband & I flew in from IL to check another state off. We were blown away by every detail of the race. Expo was simple but there were no lines. Shirt was nice (dry fit unisex long sleeve). I do wish they were different for each race… I don’t like wearing a shirt that boasts ‘marathon’ large in the middle when I only did the half. Race morning weather was perfect. Aid stations well stocked & super friendly volunteers. I was scared after reading previous reviews about the hills. I didn’t think they were that bad. (For the half course at least) Each hill was manageable and picking up speed on the downhill was fun. Don’t let that intimidate you from signing up for this stellar race.
    Ps- the after party was fun, too! Tons of free beer from a local brewery, and a band that was so much fun. They had everyone dancing.

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    SteffiKay FIRST-TIMER '19

    Hillier than expected but still managed a PR! Beautiful course running on the greenway. You start the race at the same time as the 10k and half, which can make … MORE

    Hillier than expected but still managed a PR! Beautiful course running on the greenway. You start the race at the same time as the 10k and half, which can make it hard mentally when others are running fast and you know you have much longer to go. You split off from the other runners but the course is wellmarked. Around mile 19ish there was a table set up with some actual food options which I appreciate instead of just having gels on course. Afterwards there’s free beer and pizza and other things. Oh and weather was slightly chilly at the start but perfect running weather! Great race

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    gprashanthreddy REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Better practice hill running before coming to this race. Keep your energy for last 6 miles because real fun starts after Mile 20. It was tough to run between Mile MORE

    Better practice hill running before coming to this race. Keep your energy for last 6 miles because real fun starts after Mile 20. It was tough to run between Mile 20 to 24.

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    DonaldDouglas FIRST-TIMER '19

    Be prepared for hills. Oh, and the first aid is directly on the street at end of race near finish line. The first mile is a great slow decent. So, … MORE

    Be prepared for hills. Oh, and the first aid is directly on the street at end of race near finish line. The first mile is a great slow decent. So, make the most of a fast first mile!

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    lam.larry8 FIRST-TIMER '19

    So the swag is pretty cool. The medal was unique and the coffee mug was really awesome. The T-shirt was really well designed and fits nicely. I would have liked … MORE

    So the swag is pretty cool. The medal was unique and the coffee mug was really awesome. The T-shirt was really well designed and fits nicely. I would have liked a more local touch like a local coffee brewer’s sample or pack of coffee or something. Otherwise, really happy with it. The race course is really difficult. Miles 13-24 are just brutal. I wasn’t ready for it but I still PR’ed. I would love to run this again with better preparation and better race strategy. The course was well marked, the volunteers were awesome, the atmosphere was inspiring, and the overall race management was superb. Definitely a race that I recommend. The parts that were toughest was that the hardest miles are on a paved trail where there is very little crowd support. If you feel like you need that crowd support, you’re only going to get it intermittently. If you’re comfortable suffering through a marathon solo, then you will have no problems here.

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    gibsonscaroline FIRST-TIMER '19

    I've done a few 5ks, mostly as a kid, and am getting back into running. I've had a few injuries and hadn't run a race since July and ran this … MORE

    I’ve done a few 5ks, mostly as a kid, and am getting back into running. I’ve had a few injuries and hadn’t run a race since July and ran this one with my dad in November. I’m from Raleigh so I was familiar with the course before and really enjoyed it. The 5k is all downtown so it’s not as hilly as one I ran every year as a kid over in North Hills. There were a lot of people watching, and a bunch of them brought dogs which was super fun.

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    lauramontello FIRST-TIMER '19

    Well organized, aid stations were great, nice hilly challenging course. Lots of fun at the start! Well organized, aid stations were great, nice hilly challenging course. Lots of fun at … MORE

    Well organized, aid stations were great, nice hilly challenging course.
    Lots of fun at the start!
    Well organized, aid stations were great, nice hilly challenging course.
    Lots of fun at the start!

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    terrancecb FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon and it was truly a humbling and fun experience. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The toughest part of the race has … MORE

    This was my first marathon and it was truly a humbling and fun experience. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The toughest part of the race has to be the “rolling hills” and since I didn’t do too much hill training I was struggling pretty hard on the last 8 miles. The crowd was encouraging and very helpful! All of the volunteers were very helpful and a huge motivation booster. I will be back next year and the years to come. I highly recommend this race to seasoned and first time marathoners!

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    nimmel04 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Great scenery, hills galore, a good hard first race back after 3 years off from racing. Lots of great after the race events. Harder race to PR but a fun … MORE

    Great scenery, hills galore, a good hard first race back after 3 years off from racing. Lots of great after the race events. Harder race to PR but a fun race lots of support!

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