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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, November 4, 2018
2017: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.98
Course Score: 97.47

Race Size

2017: 419 Finishers
2016: 509 Finishers
2015: 561 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 6.9%
2016: 9.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The City of Oaks Marathon was the 151st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 141st largest in 2016.

Last year 6.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the City of Oaks Marathon the 294th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 224th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 97.47 ranks it as the 357th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in North Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the City of Oaks Marathon a PR Score of 96.98. This PR Score ranks it as the 342nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 11th fastest in North Carolina.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 466 feet (142m)
Min Elevation: 211 feet (64m)


Recent City of Oaks Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2016 City of Oaks Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great marathon! It was my first and it went very well. Goes through Raleigh, then out on the greenway and back. Plenty of spectators, music along the way, aid stations every two miles, and great weather. Only bad thing was the big hill at mile 23. Overall great experience.

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review of 2016 City of Oaks Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Disappointing race. Way to many other race distances makes things very confusing. Organization looking to make profit for event production company. Took away all prize $ after 10 years too. Ran many times competing and winning $ but no desire to support any longer.

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review of 2016 City of Oaks Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized, good running weather, and not too crowded.

Race Tips

Be prapred for some hills between miles 20 and 23.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 City of Oaks Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race started on time. You might want to get there early if you want to be in the front to start the race. Lot of porta-potties at start/finish.

Pros - Pretty course, see both downtown Raleigh and lots of Greenway of Raleigh. Well organized. Course well marked. Lots of volunteers. Lots of aid stations which offered gel packs, gatorade/water. Free parking. Reasonable price. Pizza at finish. Beer at finish (though I couldn't find it). Bag drop. Weather is usually fairly cool at start. Times are posted right away. Both chip and gun time.

Cons - Not a lot of parking close by, hard to find parking...causing a long walk to start the race. No pacers showed up on race day 2016. Not sure why. Feels crowded at the start due to marathoners and half-marathon starting at the same time. The course is also shared with 10K and 5K at various parts of the race so there is more traffic on course than the 500 finishers of marathon. Tough hill at end of course about mile 23.

I am planning on doing this course again to improve on my time.

Race Tips

Save some energy for the last hills around mile 23. they are a beast.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

if you can afford to stay at hotel within walking distance of start that will save you time finding a place to park.

Finish Time Equivalent

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