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The Quintiles Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo is the culmination of a world-class running experience, in a world-class eating experience all in a world-class city!


  • Gorgeous Half Marathon
  • Fantastic 5 Mile Run
  • Family Friendly 1 Mile Run
  • Food Truck Rodeo like only Durham can offer
  • A Beautiful Octoberfest Beer Garden
  • A Kids Zone Experience to keep everyone entertained!


The weekend kicks off with the expo and packet pick-up in downtown Durham, followed by a Carb Crawl, with local restaurants showcasing why Durham is foodie heaven.

With differing distances on race day, you are welcome to race, go for distance, or run with family and friends. Each distance has something unique to offer. The half-marathon showcases downtown, Trinity Park and Duke’s campus. All races start next to the American Tobacco Campus with a post-race festival on the lawn at the Durham Performing Arts Center. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, a kids’ zone and entertainment.

We are pleased that Habitat for Humanity of Durham continues to be the Official Charitable Beneficiary of this landmark running and food event. The partnership enables our two organizations to continue our commitment of creating positive economic and social impact for the Durham community for the next five years, funding the building of Habitat houses in communities across Durham.

Fee Schedule

Half Marathon
$65 until May 15th
$75 through the month of June
$80 through the month of July
$85 through the month of August
$90 through the month of September
$95 from October 1 – October 20  (online registration closes Friday, October 20 at 11:59pm)*

5 Mile Run
$35 until May 15th
$45 through the month of June
$50 through the month of July
$55 from August 1st -September 15th
$60 from September 16-October 20  (online registration closes Friday, October 20 at 11:59pm)*

1 Mile Run:
$30 until September 8th
$35 from September 9th -October 20  (online registration closes Friday October 20 at 11:59pm)*

Half Marathon Shadow Runner – Run at Home and Get an Awesome Medal & Shirt!
$45* until October 15th
*Promo code discounts do not apply.  The shadow runner category is for people that are unable to join us on race day, but still want to run the Half Marathon distance in their own local area.  It is based on an honor system.  We mail shadow runners a finisher medal and a shirt the week after the race. We do not allow transfers into the Shadow Runner category if you are already registered.

Registration Deadlines
Online registration closes on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Last Day to Change Race Distances Online is Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm
*In-person registration and distance changes will be available only at the EXPO Saturday, October 20, 2018, but NOT on race day.

Packet Pickup

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00 am to 6:00 pm


You MAY pick up race bibs for friends/family. No ID required.

Race Day Pre-Paid Packet Pick-Up Option

Registered to run, but can’t make the Expo fun?

Race numbers and shirt pick-up will now be available on race morning for a $15 fee.

This special service is limited to 250 participants.

If you have already registered for the race and would like to add Race Day Packet Pick Up please follow these directions:

Go to

Sign in to your account

Click on Add Additional Merchandise

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

  • You must REGISTER for this service by midnight, Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
  • This opportunity is first come first served and, once sold out, we will not offer any other Race Day Packet Pick-Up options.
  • Once you register for this service, you will NOT receive a refund if you pick up your packet at the EXPO.
  • Friends/Family may not pick up your packet for you on Race Day
  • Raceday Packet Pickup hours are 6:00-7:00 AM



Participants must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00/mile to participate in this event. This rule in place to enable Durham Police to reopen the major roads used for race course. It is suggested that you train at a minimum of 14-minute per mile pace. Thank you for your understanding.


For safety purposes and logistics management, baby strollers, baby carriers, and pets are NOT allowed in the Half Marathon, 5 Mile Run, or 1 Mile Run. No exceptions will be made. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.


All runners will be provided with race bibs with timing chips attached to the back. It is very important that the race number be worn on the front of your shirt to ensure that it works properly. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall and cash awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your chip time.

 The 1 mile run will not be timed.

Races are held, rain or shine, unless Endurance Carolinas determines that conditions are too dangerous. This will be based on a prudent decision made on race weekend or race day by Race Officials and local law enforcement officials. If the race is canceled due to inclement weather there will be neither refunds nor transfers. This position is consistent with USA Track & Field recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of running. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, Endurance Carolinas reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race.

Early-Bird Registration is Now Open
Run Bull City in 2018!

The Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo is the culmination of a world-class running experience, in a world-class eating experience all in a world-class city!

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Host Venue:
American Tobacco Campus | 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

Road Closures on Race Day:

  • Jackie Robinson St at the 147 Ramp in front of the Durham Bulls Stadium – closed from 5:00-11:00 AM
  • Willard St at Blackwell St – closed from 5:00-11:00 AM
  • Blackwell St between Morehead Ave and W. Pettigrew St closed – closed from 5:00-11:00 AM
  • All other roads used for the race course will close and re-open once the last runner passes.

View Detailed Detours & Traffic Impact

Parking Map

Parking is available for at the American Tobacco Campus in the North (1720 spaces) and South (1300 spaces) decks.  Each of these parking decks are a short walk from the starting line and post-race area.

American Tobacco Campus parking services, with support from race volunteers, manage the pre-race parking logistics for the Bull City Race Fest to ensure this part of race morning goes as smoothly as possible.

The 3 things you MUST know:

  1. There is plenty of parking at the American Tobacco Campus North & South decks
  2. Arrive and be parked by 6:30 AM to avoid traffic delays, and to give yourself time to get to the start line by 7:10 AM.  The ½ marathon starts at 7:30 AM.
  3. 5-Milers: Be parked early! You will not want to be anywhere near the ½ marathon course at 7am as roads will be closed and you may miss your start at 8:15 AM.

If you can find alternative means of transportation on race morning, please do so; we definitely encourage carpooling!

Changing Distances

You may change your race distance by visiting your account on until October 8th. In person registration updates and changes will be available at the EXPO.

No race day registration or distance changes will be available.
You MUST run the race for which you are registered. Failure to do so will result in DISQUALIFICATION!
Participants may change race distances by clicking here! You will be asked to pay the difference with cash or check if upgrading to a longer or timed race. Refunds will not be provided if you are downgrading. Sorry, we do not allow transfers to the Shadow Runner category.
Please do not change races without letting us know!
Transfers + Credits

You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through the ACTIVE Network registration portal no later than October 8, 2017. 

  • You will enter the email address of the new participant and he/she will receive an email inviting them to claim your registration.
  • Your registration remains in your name until the new participant claims it.
  • Your registration will be cancelled when the new participant claims it, but you’ll still be able to view it on You’ll also be responsible for paying the $25 transfer fee.

Award Categories

Half Marathon:
Top 3 Male & Female: overall, masters, age groups: 12 & under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. Sorry, we do not ship awards.

5 Miler:
Top 3 Male & Female: overall, masters, age groups: 12 & under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. Sorry, we do not ship awards.

1 Mile Run:
There are no awards for the 1 Mile Run

Event Partners

We’re proud to partner with these great brands to bring you an incredible event experience. Whether you’re drenched in sweat, dressed in costume or immersed in music, you've worked hard to get there and deserve to have the best time possible.

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