Thousands compete in final Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh

Wake County News

It was another competition in the books for runners in the Triangle.

Thousands of them finished a half marathon Sunday in downtown Raleigh. After five years, it’s the final Rock ‘n Roll marathon in the city.

With 13 miles ahead of them, runners took off on a sprint around downtown Raleigh.

Rod Fuller has been running for 45 years. He says he just can’t get enough.

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“It’s a great race, I love running,” he said. “It’s a great pastime and a hobby for me.”

Whether for fun or personal goals, the race was on.

One hour and eight minutes later, Matt Williams was the first runner to cross the finish line.

“It’s always fun to come out and get a win,” said Williams. “It was beautiful race conditions. Raleigh is a fun city.”

Williams says it’s all about keeping pace. Toward the end, he started feeling it.

“I was dying the last mile,” he said. “I was like come on, it’s gotta be here somewhere.”

Shortly after Williams, Emily Hulm was the first woman to cross the finish line.

There’s a little sibling rivalry involved, but Hulm came out on top.

“Gonna cheer my brother in and then tease him a little because I beat him,” she said.

No matter what time the runners finished the race, there’s a lot of effort and determination needed to finish the 13 miles.

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