The NCRC Classic Half-Marathon & 10K Races are now in their 20th year and considered to be some of the Triangle area’s premier distance races. Last year the Half Marathon distance was designated as the 2017 RRCA Half Marathon State Championship.
In 2017 Matthew Howe (1:19:22) and Nicole Esplin (1:25:21) took top honors in the half-marathon while Omar Wiggan (35:39) and Blair Disque (43:15) were the top finishers in the 10K. Both the 10K and half-marathon have USATF certified “out-and-back” courses that start on paved road, transition through crushed-gravel and the hard-packed bridle trails of Umstead State Park, and finish on pavement. Both the 10K and 13.1 courses officially close at 10:30 a.m.
The NCRC Classic Half Marathon is part of the Second Empire 2018 Grand Prix Series (you must participate in the Half Marathon to receive points). Runners who participate in these races accumulate points and are awarded money and prizes at an awards banquet held at the Second Empire Restaurant at the conclusion of the Series.
In previous years, over 1,000 runners have participated in the event which is produced by the North Carolina Roadrunners Club and this year is sponsored by Omega Sports.
Portions of the proceeds from the race will support several local causes, including the Wake County Holiday Cheer Program (via the nOg Run Club), Umstead State Park (via The Umstead Coalition) and The American Red Cross – Triangle Chapter.
Online Registration Closes on May 18, 2018
Early Packet Pickup/Late Registration
Omega Sports – North Hills
When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Race Day: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Location: 3001 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC (Hopewell Academy)
Race Day Packet Pickup & Registration starts at 5:30 am
Half Marathon starts at 7:00 am - course map
10K starts at 7:20 am - course map
10K awards at 9:00 am
Half Marathon awards at 10:00 am
NOTE: Course officially closes at 10:30 am.
Both the 10K and half-marathon have USATF certified “out-and-back” courses that start on paved road, transition through crushed-gravel and the hard-packed bridle trails of Umstead State Park, and finish on pavement.
Water stop will be at approximately miles 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 on the Half Marathon course (miles 1, 3 and 5 on the 10K course)
Porta-johns will be at the entrances to Umstead State Park at approximately miles 1.5 and 6, and then 7 and 12 on the return on the Half Marathon Course.
Second Empire Grand Prix Series
The NCRC Classic Half Marathon is also in the Second Empire 2018 Grand Prix Series (you must participate in the Half Marathon to receive points). Runners who participate in these races accumulate points and are awarded money and prizes at an awards banquet held at the Second Empire Restaurant at the conclusion of the Series.
Half Marathon: $50 (until February 28, 2018), $55 (between March 1 and April 30), $60 (May 1 up to and including race day).
10K: $25 (until February 28, 2018), $30 (between March 1 and April 30), $35 (May 1 up to and including race day)
* Only runners registered on or before May 7th are guaranteed race shirts. (XS,S/M/L/XL/2X)
** Online registration ends on Friday, May 18th. Runners can still register at Omega Sports on Saturday (5/19) or at the race on Sunday (5/20).
Note: No Refunds or deferrals. If for reasons out of our control (i.e. severe lightning), we are unable to hold the event on the scheduled day, the race will be canceled and not rescheduled. However, we will make all t-shirts available to those that registered. Rain or shine, we will make every effort to run the race as long as it is safe to do so.
Pace Teams will be leading at the following times:
1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00 and a race sweeper at 3:30
Pace Team members will carry signs with their finish time (gun time is the official race time for the RRCA Championship) and be lining up at the start. They will be wearing Royal Blue NCRC Singlets and should be easy to spot on the course.
For both races, gift certificates to Omega Sports will be awarded as follows:
- Top three males overall, top three females overall,
- Top three masters finishers of each sex
- Top grandmasters (50 years of age and older) of each sex and the top finish male and female in each of the following age divisions (both sexes): 17-under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70-over.
Each of the top finishers will also receive a special award commemorating their finishes
There are no duplicate awards (i.e., winners of the Top 3 overall, masters and grandmasters are not eligible for the age bracket awards).
Limited parking will be available in the Hopewell Academy parking lot (diagram) along with the possibility of several other nearby lots. However, because of a change in ownership, the former Fuji-Diosynth parking lot (near the start/finish line) is NOT available for race parking. New tenants may be moving in that day and we must respect and accommodate their needs.
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