Info as well as Six Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon
San Diego’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon kicks off this weekend on Sunday, June 2nd. Based on feedback from runners of previous marathons, organizers have decided to relocate the finish line to a new venue this year.
The 2013 event will start at its usual location of 6th Avenue and Quince, and finish at Petco Park. Both the 26.2 mile full marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon have the same start and finish lines. Special events for the big day include a massive post-marathon concert at Petco Park as well as mini concerts by local bands along the course.
Commuters concerned about road closures will want to consult the official course route (PDF link) and make note of which roads will be affected. Keep in mind both races start at 6 am; the full course (marked in red) lasts 7 hours and the half course (in blue) is scheduled for 4 hours.
For more information including rules, registration and course details please visit the official 2013 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon page.
Six Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon:
1. Since its inception in 1998 the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon events have raised over $287 million for various children’s charities.
2. Runners from Kenya dominate the men’s event, having won 11 of the last 15 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons. Three Ethiopians and a Moroccan make up the remaining four.
3. The half-marathon has been won for the past two years by home-grown hero, San Diego’s own, Meb Keflezighi.
4. This year’s event is expected to attract over 20,000 runners and 100,000 spectators.
5. Clothing discarded over the course of the race will be collected and donated to local homeless shelters.
6. You get special perks if you show up at this year’s event dressed as Elvis.