As a spectator for this event, I was able to park in North Park to the east of Balboa Park and walk to the west side of Balboa Park and watch the start of the race. As soon as I saw my runner go by, I then walked to the east side of Balboa Park and watched the runners head south on Park Blvd. Then I was able to hike down to the 163S and see the lead pack run by at mile ~7ish and then saw my runner go by again! So that was 3 times in the first 7 or 8 miles. From here, we walked back to the car and took the the 805N to the 8W into Point Loma, parked and walked to the finish line. So we got to see our runner start and finish and 2 other times. Wish we could have included another in the PB area but think it might get too congested in there. Anyone else have a good strategy to share?
I attended this marathon as a spectator to cheer on my brother-in-law. We managed to catch him at 11th & Market downtown, then again at 7th & Market, which was very cool.
We trollied in from Gaslamp on a very crowded train, then opted to walk the 3/4 of a mile to the finish line (the shuttle lines were LONG).
The atmosphere was great and very positive...it made me wish I was running in the event!
The only complaints I would have are:
1. The runners had to walk quite a long way from the finish line to the reunion area (probably close to 300 yards)
2. The spectators had to walk or shuttle quite a long way from the street to the finish line.
3. No text updates available (my sister and I love to get updates on the runner's whereabouts).
All in all, the marathon was great and I made me want to participate in it next year!
The start of this race is amazing. Nothing like seeing 20,000+ people (including many dressed in Elvis costumes) running to U2's "It's a beautiful day".
The Rock N Roll Marathon such a smooth and fun event year after year. I have run it 2x, but this year I had to sit out. I think their course is perfect, b/c it has a great downhill section (not too steep), and it tends to go by pretty fast.
I did get to participate a little bit this year by going to the Pat Benatar concert the night of the race! I was thinking that Rock N roll is the absolute coolest idea for a marathon...you have music on the course, and then you get a FREE concert that night with a cool band or singer. I was able to zip in and out of the concert very easily...it was no hassle. Pat Benatar was AWESOME!!! I would highly recommend this race just for the concert alone No seriously, it is a great course, great weather, pretty scenery, good energy...and they do a good job of making it easy to access the course and to get out. I love the idea of a concert the night of the race. I am usually stoked just when I get a free t-shirt in my goody bag...so a concert is AMAZING!! I can't wait to see who performs next year.
I live around mile 5 of this race and havenât been in town to catch it in the past. I was amazed at how many people there running and how many Elvisâs there were! Makes sense I guess.. Rock nâ Roll right. The event in itself was very impressive, if I ever decided to do a marathon, this would be the first. Best city in America and a great tour of the place with bands.
I had several friends in town running this event and it was great to see them all separately on the course. Canât wait until next year!
I attended the race as a spectator cheering on my wife and several friends. I parked a block from the start in Balboa Park and as soon as the race began, I drove down to Market St. in time to see the leaders go by as well as my wife and others. From there I drove to the Hillcrest area, parked the car and was able to get on the 163 to again see the runners I was out supporting. From here I took the 5 to the 8 east parked at Fashion Valley Mall and watched the runners. Last stop for me was in Morena blvd where the runners headed into Mission bay. At this point I headed down to Little Italy and took the trolley to the finish.
The atmosphere of the race was great! Fan support was out in full effect and the bands through out the course provided great entertainment for the runners.
The road/ traffic situation seemed to be a bit out of control following the race, but since we were on the trolley it didn't effect us much. I don't remember the traffic being as bad last year.
The distance the runners and their supporters have to park from the finish is a hassle, otherwise the setup at the finish is great!
my buddy and I took our bikes from Point Loma downtown to Mile 7 and we were able to catch the Elite racers run through and then our buddy a little while later. After viewing from downtown, we rode and stopped about halfway between miles 21 and 22. Because we were ahead of the runners, we rode along the water on the course here and we were lucky enough to get the 30 some odd high school girls cheer us on through mile 21 on our bikes. We parked up ahead of the aid station and watched the elites come through again at miles 21.5 and 23. From here we rode back to the bridge at mile 20 and watched our buddy run through and then made our way back to 21.5 and 23. We had a fun filled time and there was no way we would have been able to see as much as we did had we not been on our bikes. Awesome weather and it was amazing watching the Elites!
I went to meet my sister-in-law at the end of the race on the MCRD base.
It was a beautiful day and the energy was intense.
My only complaint of the day was that there really was nowhere to escape the mid-day sun and I got a nasty burn. DO NOT forget your sunscreen
I was one of the Team in Training Participants in the race and it was amazing. This was my first race of this caliber and the energy was awesome. The bands and the people cheering on the side of the road really kept me going in some of my toughest moments. It was a great experience.
I caught the race around the end of mile 1, as the runners hit an uphill on Sixth Ave. At this point, they're still pretty tightly grouped, so it was cool to see the masses of people going by. Besides some of the costumes (Elvis, princesses, SpongeBob!), the only thing that startled me were the people walking up the hill in the middle of the pack.
Did they not know there was a hill within the first mile? Not prepared? Walking in front of the 4-hour and 5-hour pace groups caused a lot of runners to scamper around them, on to the sidewalk and almost over spectators! My advice to runners is if you're going for a PR in San Diego, don't be late to the start and end up in the middle to back of the pack.
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