We are excited to share some big news for Race 13.1, for the Raleigh Running Community, and for our city! Recently, we came to an agreement with the City of Oaks Marathon, Inc. Board of Directors for Race 13.1 to take over the operation and management of the City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and Old Reliable 10k. Race 13.1 and City of Oaks have worked closely together for the last four years, sharing best practices and providing support and assistance for each other at races. Race 13.1 owes the City of Oaks team a great deal of appreciation and gratitude for their guidance and assistance when Race 13.1 began with a single event that started the Midtown Race Series and in turn became what is now Race 13.1.
For the past 10 years, the City of Oaks Marathon has been led by its all-volunteer Board of Directors, in addition to the dedication and hard work of the event’s Race Director, Ron Wahula, over the past five years. The board and Ron, who we’re excited will continue as the Race Director, have built an event that not only provides an incredible race experience for runners, but also gives back significantly to the local community. Producing an event of the quality and size of City of Oaks take a great deal of work and sacrifice. The realities of time commitments for the race’s large number of volunteers, coupled with a strong desire to ensure that the race remain in hands of a local organization that is wholly committed to the city of Raleigh and its running community made this transition a natural fit.
From the runner’s perspective, the race will remain a standalone event that showcases the best of our city. We are dedicated to ensuring that this race remains the same exceptional City of Oaks Marathon that we all know and love. Like many of you, members of our team at Race 13.1 have been direct beneficiaries of the hard work and dedication of the City of Oaks Board through participating in past races and being residents of the city of Raleigh where much of their charitable work has been directed.
We are honored and excited to carry this race forward. We are committed to building on the incredible foundation that has been established over the past nine years, working diligently to ensure that the charitable work in our city continues as a result of this great event, and continuing to create a first-class race experience for runners, partners, and sponsors. The City of Oaks Marathon organization and its board will remain intact and continue with their charitable work in the community, which will be made possible by the continued contributions to the City of Oaks Marathon 501c3 Non-Profit from the race proceeds.
The November 6, 2016 City of Oaks Marathon will be the 10th anniversary of the race, and we look forward to announcing some new initiatives in the months to come to celebrate this anniversary and continue to improve the experience of our runners.
We thank the City of Oaks Board of Directors for entrusting us with this great responsibility, and we thank the Raleigh Running Community for their dedication to running local. We are committed to going the extra mile for every single participant, whether they finish first or last, to ensure that this race honors the hard work that it takes for each participant to get to the start line. We can’t wait to see each of you at the start line in November!