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The Roanoke Canal Half Marathon and 5k is a trail race that follows the Roanoke Canal, which was built in 1823. We are also adding a one mile fun run/walk this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roanoke Rapids High School. The one mile course will be set up as a storywalk, showcasing the school's remarkable history. Money raised at the event will aid future programs and events at the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail and the Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Department.
Registration for the Marathon is $60 until 8/14; increases to $65 on 8/15 until race day; $70 on race day.
Registration for the 5k starts at $30 and increases to $40 on race day.
1-Mile Fun Run - $20
**Packet Pickup will be held at TJ Davis Recreation Center, 400 E 6th Street, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, and at 6:00 a.m. on Race Day. Race Registration will begin at 6 a.m. at 100 Oakwood Avenue on Race Day**
Awards will be presented for Top Overall M/F, as well as M/F in the following Categories: Youth (17 and under), 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+
Custom race medals will be provided to all Half Marathon Finishers.
The Half Marathon and 5k will both take place on the Roanoke Canal Trail. The natural surface trail is generally flat with a few hills. As runners travel back in time along the historic trail, they will pass over several culverts that were installed during construction of the canal in the 1820's. Runners in both races will also pass by the large bulkhead that diverted water into the canal during the years it was used to generate electricity for the local mills. Those who choose to run the half marathon will actually run through the old aqueduct, which is widely regarded as an engineering feat well before its time. The 1 Mile Fun Run will loop through Roanoke Rapids Day Use Park.
There will be a three hour course limit for the event.
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