Fan or not of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series by Competitor Group, the inaugural event in Raleigh, NC is just two short weeks away. Sold out with 12,000 runners, the event is sure to bring some big money into the city of Raleigh and surrounding Triangle area. Hotel bookings, restaurants anxiously awaiting the arrival of participants. What could be so wrong with that? Many folks have scoffed at the idea of the marathon series coming to town. I say, let’s just wait and see. Let local businesses decide if runners come to town with money and boost the local economy. I’m sure the economic impact will be reviewed and scrutinized ad nausium.
For me, I am glad that the event will soon be here. Yeah, Rock ‘n’ Roll events are typically more expensive than the average half or full marathon, but you gotta try it, right? At least once. I’m excited. Should be a great day. I love running in Raleigh, and I am hoping for cooperative weather on race day.
So, two weeks until we take to the line downtown. Let’s see just how well this inaugural event is run. There will be a lot of critical eyes watching this event, so I hope it turns out to be epic. I know my 26.2 mile journey on my birthday will be epic for me, but I also hope it’s epic for the local economy.