San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – A Community Affair


San Diego’s 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon came in loud and strong this year!

The yearly event welcomed close to 30,000 runners from all around the world. The marathon and ½ marathon races started early Sunday morning with its traditional live music throughout the race course.

Many were awakened by the loud music while others were standing along the sidewalks eagerly waiting to see the runners passing by. In my case, despite having a band playing at no more than 50 yards from my window, the music was welcome while I was enjoying my morning espresso.

Participants of all ages were seen, and many were displaying very interesting outfits.2013rockandrollmarathonbasketballs

There was a runner that got my attention, he completed the 26.2-mile course bouncing 2 basketball. A challenge, in addition to having the physical conditioning, coordination to bounce while running, talk about multitasking!

Interesting data about 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon:

  • New half-marathon USA record broken. Winner finished in 58 min, 41 sec.
  • Women participants outnumbered Men
  • San Diegan resident finished in the top 10 best times

When I see events of this magnitude taking place in the heart of many of our high-density communities such Downtown San Diego and Hillcrest, it makes me realized residents of these communities appreciate this type of venue as part of their urban lives.

Around the race excitement, I overheard a standing neighbor comment “I would like to have a live band playing every Sunday!” That is a little extreme, but I appreciate her passion.

I am looking forward to next year’s marathon, I might even consider running it this time.