Thunder Road Marathon
7:45 a.m., November 16, 2013
We are now accepting registration for the 2013 event . All mail must be post-marked by Friday, November 8, 2013 and ONLINE registration for the 2013 event closes on Sunday, November 10 at midnight.
Remember, there will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICK-UP for any of the events. All mail applications must be Postmarked by Friday, November 8, 2013. ONLINE registration for the 2013 event closes on Sunday, November 10 at midnight.
Shooting for a PR or that Boston qualifier? Look for the Endurance Magazine Pace Team Leaders at the marathon start line! Pace Team Leaders will be holding signs indicating their predicted finish times. Line up with 'em, and get ready to reach your goal! Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon and Half Marathon feature pace teams with finish times from 3 hours to 5 hours, so there's something for everyone.
Things you should know...
The Thunder Road Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier.
The Marathon course has a 6-hour time limit. Runners who cannot maintain a 13:45 per mile pace will be asked to leave the course for their own safety.
Pit Stops will close and volunteers and police officers at intersections will not be available to participants who fall below the 13:45 per mile pace. This will be strictly enforced.
Click the map link on the right for a PDF of the race course and elevations.
The Marathon map includes "turn by turn" information.
If you would just like to know where the marathon runners will be
at a specific time, click tthe arrows on the left.
The below categories will be awarded at the Thunder Road Half Marathon award ceremony taking place at 12:00pm on the main stage in the post-race party area by the Buffalo Wild Wings.
- Top 5 Overall Men and Women
- Top 5 Masters Men and Women
- Top 3 Age Group for Men and Women
- 24 & under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over
Refreshments & Porta Johns
Refreshment stops are located at Mile 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23.5, and 25.
All refreshment stops will have Diamond Springs Water. Gatorade of various flavors will be provide at every stop AFTER Mile 2. Clif Shot Blocks will be available at Mile 16 and Mile 20.
Porta-Jons will be available every mile.
In addition to the challenge of running 26.2 miles, the Thunder Road Marathon will feature a mixture of the old and the new in Charlotte. From the start in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, you will quickly transition away from town on Randolph and Providence Roads.
You will be heading back to Uptown after touring the oak-lined Foxcroft community near Sharon Road and Arbor Way. As you near the Uptown area, you will pass through historic Myers Park, where you will see Queens Road meet Queens Road (West). Then it's on to the edge of the revitalized Dilworth community, and then through the South End before catching a glimpse of Bank of America Stadium, home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
Now it's time to travel through the energetic North Davidson area (NoDa to Charlotteans), where people find a rich diversity of art, music and night life.
From NoDa you will turn back after running along 35th Street, and then come back toward Uptown with a view of the historic Plaza-Midwood area, where early settlers
to Charlotte made their homes.
You are nearing the home stretch as you travel on one of the oldest
thoroughfares in Charlotte, Central Avenue.
As you turn right onto 7th street and its wide array of restaurants and antique shops, you will know that your journey has almost concluded.
A short journey on McDowell and a right turn on 2nd Street brings you to the coveted finish, where you will be greeted by cheering spectators, a finisher's medal, and the satisfaction of knowing you have completed the Thunder Road Marathon!
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