Enjoy Your Race
Getting the Most Out of Your Weekend
We want you to get the most out of your weekend with us, whether you are a runners or on a support team! Check out our training & nutrition tips as well as these suggestions for planning your weekend. Enjoy all features of your time with us - from arriving at the Embassy Suites hotel to attending our Expo, pre-race packet pickup, to enjoying the triangle area and, of course, enjoying the races!
Expo: Pre-race Friday & Saturday
The best times to attend if you don't want to deal with crowd is Saturday morning; the expo opens at 10am.
When you are at the Expo...
- Be patient if there are lines for your race number or t-shirt; don't get aggravated before your big race
- Allow time to walk around and visit with the many interesting vendors and sponsors
- Address any last minute needs:
- Nutrition (gels, gel flasks, salt tablets, fuel belt)
- Socks or compression sleaves
- Check out race apparel
- Get useful info about the course and logistics
When arriving at the race:
- Allow time for the unpredictable things like traffic as roads in the area are narrow
- Go early to allow time for parking and riding the buses
- Warmup and make a stop at the port-o-johns
- Bag check is provided; bring your own bag that closes completely so keys and phones don't fall out
- The 'big tent' will be back so come sit and rest until it's time to head to the start line
Dressing for the race
March is a transitional weather time in Raleigh; temperatures start cold but can warm up quickly.
- Plan on 30°F in the morning and 50°F mid afternoon
- Cover your head and hands, as they lose heat quickly
- Technical fabrics with wicking fibers are better than cotton
- Consider items with temperature range (thin base layers) or clothing can be peeled off such as arm warmers
- Clothing donation boxes will be available near aid stations
- Compression gear (socks, calf sleeves, shorts, tights) can really help on long runs