Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: San Diego Edition

The 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile course runs from Balboa Park to SeaWorld starting at 6:15 a.m. on June 3

By Monica Garske
|  Sunday, May 27, 2012  |  Updated 3:24 PM PDT
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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: San Diego Edition

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About 30,000 runners are expected to participate in San Diego's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon this year, happening June 3.

Serious runners, get your sneakers ready because the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon is dashing into town on June 3.

More than 30,000 runners will participate in this year’s 15th annual event, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile race course starts at 6:15 a.m. at Balboa Park and ends at SeaWorld.

Entertainment will be provided along the race course, including live music and cheerleaders rooting on runners.

The famous “dueling pianos” from San Diego’s Shout! House will also perform at the Morley Field and Park Ave. stage, about two-and-a-half miles from the start line. The pianos are scheduled to rock out from 6:15 a.m. to 8:05 a.m., giving runners some musical motivation with cover tunes like “Eye of the Tiger” and “Running Down a Dream.”

A Finish Line Festival and post-race concert featuring musician Donavon Frankenreiter will be held at the Rose Marie Starns South Shores Park and SeaWorld parking lot from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Roads throughout San Diego will be closed for the massive marathon, including 6th Avenue from Hawthorn Street to University Ave. and 11th Avenue from A Street to Broadway and from Broadway to G Street.

Some freeways will be partially closed as well, including northbound SR-163 from downtown to I-8, which is closed between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Most road closures will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a full list of specific roads and freeways that are closed during the marathon, visit the event website.

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