10 Best Road Races in North Carolina!

From the outer banks to charming Charlotte, North Carolina is full of outstanding road races that are just waiting for you to conquer them. From the incredible views of Run Ocean Isle Beach to the fun pirate theme of the Flying Pirate Half Marathon, explore these 10 best road races in North Carolina.

Coast Guard Marathon, Elizabeth City, NC

The Coast Guard Marathon is an extremely popular marathon held in Elizabeth City. This fabulous race is hosted in collaboration with the Coast Guard but anyone is welcome for the marathon, half marathon, or 5K.

Run Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

You truly can’t beat the scenery of Run Ocean Isle Beach. Explore stunning beachside communities and awe-striking views as you run across bridges in this half marathon, 5K, or one-mile race.

Wilmington Marathon, Wilmington, NC

Looking for a fast marathon time? Look no further than the Wilmington Marathon. This Boston qualifier is known as one of the fastest on the East Coast, with flat terrain you’ll love. If you’re not a marathoner, try the half marathon, marathon relay, or 5K. There’s a one-mile run for kids as well.

New River Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K, Todd, NC

If you want a road race that takes you out into the gorgeous North Carolina countryside, the New River Marathon is perfect for you. Enjoy lovely views throughout this Boston-qualifying marathon or the half marathon or 5K.

Truist Corporate Cup, Charlotte, NC

Experience one of the area’s longest-running races with the 44th annual Truist Corporate Cup 5K and half marathon. Whichever distance you choose, it’s the perfect way to see the sights in Charlotte.

Race the Bear Pig Pounder, Greensboro, NC

Don’t worry, you won’t actually be racing against a bear, but the Race the Bear Pig Pounder is still exhilarating. Check out this fun 5K at the Pig Pounder Brewery.

Flying Pirate Half Marathon, Kitty Hawk, NC

Aye matey, ye be having a great time at the Flying Pirate Half Marathon. Whether you choose to get festive in pirate garb or just wear your typical running gear, this Kitty Hawk half marathon will not disappoint.

Biltmore Kiwanis 15K and 5K Classic, Asheville, NC

Enjoy a run like royalty at the Biltmore Kiwanis Classic. This 15K and 5K race covers the stunning grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, so it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Cary Greenways Half Marathon, Cary, NC

Explore the paved trails of the White Oak Greenway and Fred G. Bond Metro Park when you race the Cary Greenways races. There’s a distance for everyone - half marathon, 10K, and 5K.

MRT 5K to 50K, Statesville, NC

Part of the fun of racing is pushing yourself farther and farther. The unique MRT 5K to 50K in Statesville makes that easy, with race distances at 5K increments reaching up to 50K. Challenge yourself at this fun event.

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