Have you checked this off your bucket list yet? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon show up in numerous cities throughout the USA. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/ The Seattle event starts in Tukwila (arrive early as there can be heavy traffic getting to the drop off point) and ends in Seattle at Qwest Field. The route runs along the freeways, through neighborhoods, winds through the beautiful Seward Park area with views of Lake Washington and then into downtown Seattle. The weather was great this year as it was overcast yet mild enough that a jacket was not needed. What I found interesting is that many start out with a coverup for the morning (one that they don’t care about) and dump it on the side of the path once they have warmed up. You are assigned a corral based on the expected finish time but of course it is you who controls your finish time. And fun was had…especially as I beat my desired time and made it through the pain in my foot. Training support is available as well as tips to make the most out of the experience. I saw a bit of everything – the dedicated or competitive runner, those that are supporting a charity (as this marathon series benefited the American Cancer Society), or a spunky 82-year-old woman who came in just five or so minutes after I did – amazing!…among others. It is an achievement by any account to complete the 13.1 or 26.2 mile run/walk.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series entertains with different bands (various genres) along the way. And there is a post race concert open to the participants and the public alike – Tonic headlined for 2010. See the Entertainment page for the 20+ http://seattle.competitor.com/entertainment/bands/. Water and a sports drink are available at many spots along the route as well. Support was shown from Cheerleaders from different area schools, neighbors that cheered us on from their front lawn, friends and family that came out, and the volunteers were of much support. Look out for Elvis along the route too! And what I had not expected, a medal was given for all those who finished the race…very cool!
Next year’s event will take place on June 25, 2011. Sign up early as it sells out by March. I heart Rock!