Friday, April 10, 2015 02:00 PM


More than 8,300 runners are expected Sunday morning, along with thousands of spectators, for the second annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon – a huge, daylong event that will tie up church and neighborhood traffic downtown and in West Raleigh.

The inaugural race in 2014 attracted a larger field and drew complaints after it spoiled worship services for many Palm Sunday observers. The race was marred by the deaths of two runners.

Race organizers have altered the route map this year. They say they have made additional changes to ease the crush of downtown parking and other inconveniences.

The new route avoids some of the major streets that were snarled last year, said course designer Ted Metellus with the California-based Competitor Group Inc., which stages Rock ’n’ Roll Marathons in Raleigh and other cities. For most of the 26.2-mile route, runners will travel in only one direction on the street, leaving other lanes open for cars.

The race starts at 7 a.m. Sunday at Davie and Salisbury streets downtown. 

The half marathon route loops as far south as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, north to Glascock Street and west on Peace Street before turning back on Hillsborough Street, Pullen Road ...

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