By all accounts, the third annual Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon and 1/2 Marathon presented by WRAL was the best one yet. A brand-new Sat. 5k race sold out (2,000 runners conquered the course at Dorothea Dix Park) and a special Fri. night concert by Gavin DeGraw (free for runners!) at Red Hat Amphitheater was a huge hit. In addition, thousands of runners enjoyed cool, sunny weather all weekend—ideal race conditions to bring home those new personal records. Here's what the weekend looked like:

Gavin DeGraw Gavin DeGraw kicks things off with a free-for-runners concert at Red Hat Amphitheater on Fri. night.

Before the 5k race at Dorothea Dix ParkAn ideal race day for the 5k on Sat. at Dorothea Dix Park.

5k runnersThe Run Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is as much about fun as it is about running!

Inaugural RnRRAL 5k is offThe inaugural #RnRRAl 5k gets started on Sat. morning.

Marathon and Half MarathonThe Marathon and Half Marathon gets underway on Sun. morning.

Runner smiling Running a half marathon and doing it with a smile!

Marathon routeThe "postcard" route of the race takes runners through some of the most scenic parts of town, like Moore Square and historic City Market, seen here.

Runners holding hands Always great to have a buddy to push you along the way. A total of 9,000 runners crossed the finish line over the weekend.

RnRRAL Womens Half Marathon WinnerAnd there's our women's half marathon winner! Both the marathon and half marathon finish in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza with a view of the North Carolina State Capitol behind the runners.

St. Lucia St. Lucia headlined the post-race concert at Red Hat Amphitheater, which was free and open to the public Sun. morning.

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Photos by Michael Robson