Join us in Training for the City of Oaks Half Marathon

August 6, 2019


If you’re in downtown Raleigh early on most weekday mornings, you just may see a group of runners and walkers from Raleigh Rescue Mission pounding the pavement as they train for the upcoming City of Oaks half-marathon on Nov 3rd.

We’ve partnered with a Christian non-profit, Up and Running Again ( and a locally owned running store, Fleet Feet, to provide training expertise, encouragement and support to our participants. Together, our clients, staff and volunteers are running or walking to stay healthy, improve their lives, and reach a goal.

Clients who participate receive 13 weeks of marathon training, complimentary running shoes, paid entry fee for the City of Oaks race, and a Carb Load Awards Banquet the day before the race.

It’s not too late to join us! Consider these:

  • Sponsor a client or staff member, contributing $$ to the Mission for each mile completed (or set your own goal for the sponsorship). Sign up below to get more details.
  • Be an encourager, both during the training and on the day of the race. Help at water stations during the training.
  • Run or walk with us! We start in front of the Mission at 5:30 am and 7:30 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 4 pm on Sundays.
  • Donate to Raleigh Rescue Mission so we can provide nutritious meals (fuel for training), workout gear for high impact activity, staff to provide childcare while parents train, and the list goes on and on.

For more information call or email John Luckett, CEO, at, 919-986-8112.

Sign up to sponsor someone, or become a sponsored runner:

If you would like to sponsor a client/staff, or become a sponsored runner, please fill in your details in this Form below and you will be contacted with more details. Sponsorship must be completed at least five (5) days prior to the marathon event on November 3, 2019.

Up & Running Training Schedule


  • Tuesday — 5:30 am OR 7:30 am
  • Wednesday — 5:30 am OR 7:30 am
  • Friday — 5:30 am OR 7:30 am
  • Sunday — 4:00 pm
Week Start Tuesday Wednesday Friday Sunday Total
August 5 30 minutes @ 5 minute running/5 minute walking and repeat twice
August 12 30 minutes @ 10 minute running/5 minute walking and repeat
August 19 40 minutes @ 15 minute running/5 minute walking and repeat – Mile Test
August 26 50 minutes @ 20 minute running/5 minute walking and repeat
September 2 30 minutes of running
September 9 40 minutes 40 minutes Mile Test 5 miles 15 miles
September 16 40 minutes 40 minutes 40 minutes 6 miles 16 miles
September 23 40 minutes 40 minutes 40 minutes 7 miles 17 miles
September 30 40 minutes 5 miles 40 minutes 8 miles 18 miles
October 7 40 minutes 5 miles Mile Test 9 miles 19 miles
October 14 40 minutes 5 miles 40 minutes 10 miles 23 miles
October 21 40 minutes 6 miles 40 minutes 11 miles 25 miles
October 28 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 13.1 miles 19.1 miles


  • Runners must sign liability and picture waiver
  • Runners must complete application and emergency contact information