"Thunder Road : November 15th, 2014"

The Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon is a Qualifier for the Boston Marathon

Registration

We are now accepting registration for the 2014 event . All mail must be post-marked by Friday, November 7, 2014 and ONLINE registration for the 2014 event closes on Sunday, November 9 at midnight

Click either link below to register.

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our registration page.

 

Course Makeover

The Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon, Half Marathon  and 5K get an all-new start and finish line,  and more makeovers  along the way!

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Click the graphics above for full detail maps with turn by turn directions.


 

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Will you offer early start again this year for newbies/non competitive? That was a GREAT feature last year and I loved it!! Please tell me you will offer it again! ...

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Hi. For locals is there a designated place to park and/or drop off near the start-line the morning of the marathon? Thanks! ...

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Did you know? Nearly 2 million people finished a half marathon last year! Were you one of them? And, will you be one who helps best that record with your participation in this year's Novant Health Thunder Road HALF Marathon?! ...

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Where can I find details on the second half course preview? ...

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Is the Hot Pass going to be available this year? ...

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Is there an elevation chart for this race? ...

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25 more days woo hoooo !! ...

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When is the expo? ...

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I couldn't find any information about what will be available at the stations during the race. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks! ...

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Ostomy on the Run

I discovered running in high school. I ran cross-country and track and loved it. I was rather good too. I ran through college. Whenever I needed to relieve some stress a good run was the cure. Whether it was final exams or a romantic breakup a good long run was the cure for any anxiety. I do not recall why, but by my mid twenties I had gotten away from running. With a desire to regain my old form my feet began hitting the road again several years later and I rediscovered my old love.

On one particular spring day before my thirtieth birthday my rediscovered commitment would be put to the test. That morning my run was cut extremely short with extreme abdominal pain and bleeding. After a several weeks, doctors, hospitals, and a misdiagnosis I was finally informed that I had Ulcerative Colitis.

Ulcerative Colitis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the colon, leading to bleeding, abdominal pain, incontinence, and fatigue among other things. Aside from the obvious symptoms the intestinal distress led to a loss of appetite, weight loss, and poor nutrition, none of which was conducive to a good running regimen. At first, I tried running through the pain with the aid of medication meant at controlling my symptoms. Eventually it became too difficult.

For the next six year I struggled with the disease and tried all the known treatments. Among the scariest of the treatments, at least to me, were steroids and biological drugs that were aimed at suppressing my immune system. Through it all, when my body permitted it I found running to be an escape. I could tune out the noise and stress and lose myself in the run. Running has and always will be a meditative and spiritual experience. There is nothing like a long run to remind me how great life is.

When those treatments did not work and left me feeling in many cases even worse I made the difficult decision to reclaim my life and health with surgical intervention. Numerous surgeries, setbacks, undesirable drugs, and even more hospital stays later led to the creation of a permanent ostomy

An ostomy is an artificial opening in the abdominal wall for waste to empty into an attached pouch. This new body required adaptation on physical as well as emotional levels. I battled with depression, dehydration, and nutritional issues. When things looked the bleakest it was running that brought me back. Running allowed me to feel normal, to explore, and to be active.

Running has given me even more post illness than I got out of it before. Running required to me to become more in tune with my body’s nutritional and hydration needs. Minus the colon and a good deal of my small intestine absorption of fluids and minerals is a major concern particularly when training for a marathon.

Running has provided an escape. When I am alone on the trails of the Whitewater Center or Latta Plantation I can easily lose myself in a meditative trance. I am able to clear out the noise and focus.

Running allowed my to regain my confidence that had been lost. As I struggled to adapt to my new body, limitations, and self-image, running allowed me to feel “normal” again. When I am running I feel like my old self with no limitations confronted with a world of endless possibilities.

These are of course selfish benefits received from running; reduced anxiety, confidence, better health, and extended periods of euphoria (a.k.a. runner’s high). However, looking back to when I suffered from a major flare up and pondered surgical solutions I found solace in the stories of others who courageously faced similar challenges and reveled in their success stories. Like many of the individuals in those success stories, I run to prove to myself what I am capable of. I run to prove to myself that no disease or set back is going to keep me down. Running is not just a proving ground. I also run in the hope that I can show others that despite life’s setbacks we can persevere. That is why I am running Thunder Road
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Hey! If you're in for the Greensboro Marathon come see us at the Expo! How's about a pint glass with your registration! ...

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From our friends at CPI Security Systems, your chance to win a BIG BASKET OF RACING GOODIES! ...

Enter to win CPI Security's Race Gear Giveaway! CPI is warming up for the 10th Anniversary Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon, Half marathon and 5K races on Saturday, November 15th! What better way to gear up for race day than entering for a chance to win an awesome Race Gear prize pack courtesy of CPI! Make sure you have liked the CPI Security and the Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon Facebook pages and then visit our link below for your chance to win! Let's get ready for Race Day! Race Gear Giveaway Prize Pack Includes: $100 Gift Card to Run For Your Life Running Hat & Shirt Foam Roller Water Belt Energy Snacks CPI duffle bag prize pack with much more! To Register: 1) Like the CPI Security's Facebook Page 2) Like Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon Facebook Page 3)Go to www.cpisecurity.com/thunderroad and enter to win!

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