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From Rock to Ragtime, Local Bands to Entertain Runners


  • 29 bands to play at Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh on Sun., April 13
  • Race sold out with 12,500 runners; Sign up to volunteer at RunRocknRoll.com
  • Event will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Raleigh, NC – March 28, 2014 – Twenty-nine local bands will line the musical miles that will welcome 12,500 runners on Sunday, April 13 at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Their musical styles range from rock to country, blues, ragtime, and even a local pep band to keep the runners entertained and motivated along the 13.1 or 26.2 mile journey through the heart of Raleigh.

“Music is really what helps to create this unique experience for people, and it should reflect the city these runners are visiting. More than 40% are coming from out of town, and they’re looking to not only see the sights of Raleigh, but hear the local sound that only these bands can provide,” said Alan Culpepper, event director.

Bands that will play on course include Johnny Folsom 4, a Johnny Cash tribute band, the folk rock sounds of the String Peddlers, and Pork Chops and Ham Hocks, a popular local cover band.

Tom Miller of the band Leeward Fate is familiar with the experience, having played on the course at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon the past 3 years. Leeward Fate will play at mile 13 on race day.

“One of our band members lives in Georgia so we jumped at the chance. Our home base is here in Raleigh and we were excited to hear the race was coming to this great city”, says Tom. “It’s a unique gig for sure and we really enjoy interacting with the runners and performing for such a lively, fun crowd.”

A full list of bands on the course and information on the post-race concert featuring New Politics can be found online at http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/raleigh/entertainment. The live bands will combine with cheerleading teams and enthusiastic spectators for an unforgettable experience. Participants will start on S. Salisbury Street and will view landmarks like the Governor’s Mansion, Rose Garden, Oakwood neighborhood, Pullen Park and the iconic Daily Planet at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences as well as the North Carolina State campus before finishing on Fayetteville Street downtown. After finishing, runners are invited to join friends and family at the post-race concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater for a performance by New Politics.

The V Foundation, founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State Basketball coach, is the official race charity partner of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon.  Net proceeds raised by Team V will benefit cancer research and related programs.   Nearly 500 runners are participating as part of Team V. More information is available at www.run4v.org.  

Volunteers are still needed, and those looking for a way to get involved with race day can sign up online at RunRocknRoll.com/Raleigh/Volunteer. Families and friends can cheer on their favorite runner while participating in a great community event by joining the Race Crew with positions available at the start line, finish line, Health & Fitness Expo and along the course.

Event weekend will begin with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center where all participants go to pick up their race number. The expo will feature dozens of running and fitness retailers, exhibits with free nutritional samples and a series of interactive clinics with running experts and pro athletes.

For more information about the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Raleigh.

 For information about The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org; for information about joining Team V, please visit www.run4v.org.


APRIL 10 – 11, 2015

Health & Fitness Expo

Raleigh Convention Center, Halls B & C
Friday, April 10: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, April 11: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Expo Details

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015

Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Start Time: 7:00am
Event Details