Race Day Logistics

Start/Finish Location:

Riverside Restaurant (All Friday and Saturday race-related activities.)
7181 Railroad Grade Rd
Todd, NC 28684
CLICK HERE for a venue site map.

Friday, May 17 Schedule:

5:00pm - 8:00pm : Runner Reg./Packet Pick-up (Riverside Restaurant)

Saturday, May 18 Schedule:

6:15am - 8:45am : Runner Reg./Packet Pick-up (Bag Drop available...see section below.)
7:30am: Marathon Start - 6 hour time limit - Cert #: NC16024DF
8:15am: Half-Marathon Start - 5.25 hour time limit - Walkers and Ruckers Welcome
8:30am: 5K Start - Walkers and Ruckers Welcome
9:45am: 5K Awards
10:45am: Half Marathon Awards (Overall)
11:15am: Marathon Awards (Overall)
11:20am: Half Marathon Awards (Age Groups)
12:30pm: Marathon Awards (Age Groups)
1:30pm: Marathon and Half-Marathon courses close

Runner Check-in:

Runners for the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K have two options for check-in and runners must pick up two items: race bib (with bib tag for chip timing already attached) and race shirt.
Option 1: Friday night, May 17, 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
Option 2: Saturday, May 18, 6:15am - 8:45am.  Important Note: road traffic will be held for runners as they enter the roadway.  Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes before your scheduled start time.

Driving Directions:

CLICK HERE for printable driving directions to the New River Marathon Start.
Important Note:  After exiting Highway 421, the final 3.2 miles are on small two lane, country roads.  In addition, there is one entrance to the start / finish venue.  Please allow ample time for travel, parking and registration / check-in.


Parking will be directed by local Volunteer Fire Departments.  Parking will be on the shoulder of a hard-packed access road, approximately 1/4 mile from the Start/Finish.  Weather permitting, the field behind the Riverside Restaurant will also be used.

Drop Bags:

Runners are permitted to check one drop bag at the Start/Finish.  The drop bag may only be submitted once and retrieved once.  The tear-off portion of your bib tag will be attached to your bag for identification.  Your race bib will be required to retrieve your bag.

Start Line:

  • The Marathon and Half-Marathon will Start/Finish on the lawn adjacent to the Riverside Restaurant.  The 5K will start on Railroad Grade Rd in front of the Riverside Restaurant and will finish on the lawn adjacent to the Riverside Restaurant.
  • The races will start on time.
  • Items found at the Start may be retrieved at the Lost and Found at the Finish Line Officials’ Tent.

On Course Support:

  • The course will follow roads which are lightly traveled and will remain open to normal traffic.  However, intersections and specific sites will be staffed to control traffic and direct runners.
  • Turns will be signed and staffed.
  • Distance Markers will be signed every mile and 5K.
  • Support stations will be available approximately every 2 miles and will have disposable cups of water and Gatorade, porta-potties and hand sanitizer.
  • Marathon support stations will be available at miles 1.3, 4.5, 6.9, 8.6, 10.1, 12.2, 14.1, 16.2, 18.1, 20.0, 22.1, 24.1.
  • GU Energy Gel (individual servings...Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Outrage, Triberry) and M&Ms will be available at support stations: 6.9, 10.1, 14.1, 18.1 and 22.0.
Half Marathon:
  • Half-Marathon support stations will be available at miles 3.6, 6.0, 7.7, 9.2, 11.3.
  • 5K will have one support station at Mile 2.


  • We encourage spectators remain at the Start / Finish Venue.  Vendors will be on site with breakfast items from the griddle, lunch items from the grill, coffee and drinks could be purchased while you wait for your runner.
  • If you choose to cheer for your runner on the course, it is a bit tricky and not encouraged.  NRM is not like city-based marathons, at which you could avoid the race route by driving one city block.  We're running country roads with few intersections and it's impossible to spectate along the course without putting additional traffic on the race course.  The best place to spectate is at is at the Riverside Restaurant, which is Mile 3.2 and 14.1 for the marathon.

Finish Line:

  • All finishers in the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K will receive a finishers "medal".  The wooden finisher's medallion is locally crafted from locally sourced or reclaimed wood.
  • Stick Boy Kitchen is our Finish Line Sponsor.  Runners will be refreshed at the finish line with fresh fruit and made from scratch goodies.
  • The Riverside Restaurant will be not be open.  However, breakfast items from the griddle, lunch items from the grill, coffee and drinks can be purchased from on-site vendors.


  • Overall awards in each race will go three deep for women and men.  Runners who receive overall awards are not eligible for age group awards.
  • Age group awards in each race will go three deep for women and men.  Age groups include: 19 years and younger, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

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