ROCK N ROLL SAN DIEGO RACE RECAP
This is where it all started for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series….in San Diego! This past weekend, June 5th 2016, was their 19th year. I had been a big fan of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series long before I became a Rock ‘N’ Blogger as you can see by my list of races. I was happy that this race happened to be my 40th half marathon. I never really counted them before but I am glad I did because it made the weekend all that much more fun knowing it was sort of a milestone for me. I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I still feel like I just started running.
Because I am not only addicted to running but also love going to rock concerts, we started our San Diego Marathon Weekend with a concert at the House of Blues San Diego Friday night after hitting up the Race Expo. If you have ever been to a Rock N Roll Marathon Race Expo, you know you could spend hours in there. They have pretty much everything you can ask for in a race expo. We went through the Expo Friday just to pick up our race packages for the 5K and Half Marathon and then we did go back and spend a couples at the Expo again on Saturday.
I love that this series has started adding the 5K the day before the marathon races (select tour stops). I usually buy the unlimited tour pass and this year, I was given one as a Rock N Blogger. The tour pass allows you to add the 5K with no extra charge. It’s a fun way to warm up for the next day’s race, but also another opportunity to hang out with friends and get another fun tech shirt! And of course, there was post-race entertainment along with beer tent. Running both the 5k and a race on Sunday, earns us the Remix Challenge Medal along with one for each individual race.
After the 5k, as I mentioned above, we spent most of the rest of the day back at the Expo. On our way back to our hotel room, we ate our pre-race dinner at the Whiskey Girl. It was great because they had a special menu just for race weekend.
We stayed close enough to the race start that we were able to walk from our hotel in the morning. That is how I usually plan our stay. Less to worry about if we are close to the start.
This race really seemed to be one of RnR’s largest races. There were so many people everywhere. I think it totally adds to the excitement to be surrounded by so many runners. RnR races are very well organized. The race started exactly on time and each corral got out without a hitch. Meb was even there as leader of one of the pace groups – ha not mine. Shalene Flanagan won the half marathon with a 1:07:51 and Amy Cragg 2nd with a 1:09:50. AMAZING!
This race is right up there with RnR Las Vegas as far as fun sideline support. The sidelines were lined with aid stations….some official…some not. You don’t see tequila shots and Red Vines at every race right? Costumes, funny signs, and also real fuel stops everywhere. There were, of course, live bands playing along the way as well. That really keeps me rockin’ my run. I love hearing music when I am otherwise dying out! One of my favorite sections of this race (and they also do this in the RnR Seattle…where I will be running in two weeks) is the Blue Mile. This section is lined with flags and posters. Each poster has a picture and info on one of our brave men or women who sacrificed their lives to serve their/our country. Reading the posters as I ran by, I was reminded of how young many of these soldiers were. So brave and selfless these men and women were willing to risk everything for our freedoms. I ran the rest of the race with a heavier heart, but felt it was a beautiful section of the race. I hope the families of the Fallen felt our gratitude, love, and support.
I like this course, it’s pretty flat and runs through Balboa Park and Old Town. The weather we were promised turned out to be better than expected. We had braced ourselves for a hot and humid run. I was pleasantly surprised with race day weather. I ran this race in 2014 and it was way hotter that year. Oh, and there was a fun disco tunnel too!
San Diego is also a fun area to visit with so much to see and do.
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