There’s still almost a year to train for the big race, but early birds can register for the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon 2016 on Thursday.
Race organizers say special early bird pricing is available for one day only, for the 19th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon, set for June 3 through June 5, 2015. For $69 per person, participants can register for the marathon, while the half-marathon registration price is $59. Special registration pricing for the two-person half-marathon relay is $85.
All registrations can be submitted through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon website. This early bid pricing ends Friday.
Event manager Kellen Vigil said prices for the race haven’t been this low since 2007. Vigil hopes this encourages more runners to partake in the popular marathon through the streets of San Diego that famously features live music along the course and lots and lots of cheering spectators.
San Diego resident, Olympic medalist and Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi is the VP of Running for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and says although the race is a year away, prepping now is a smart step.
“Setting goals nearly a year out can be a hard decision, but once you make that commitment you can integrate an easy running plan into your daily life,” Keflezighi said in a press release.
“It becomes more about making running part of your lifestyle and less of a task to get in your training runs if you were to sign up a month out. Plus, you can only get better the more you run, and you’ll be setting yourself up to ‘Run to Win.’ I hope to see you at the start line of my favorite hometown race next June,” he added.
The 2015 race last month united thousands of runners, including two-time cancer survivor 92-year-old Harriette Thompson, who set the record as the oldest woman in the world to run a marathon. Spectators rooted loudly for Thompson as she crossed that finish line with a big smile on her face.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon starts in Balboa Park and finishes at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The course travels through scenic local neighborhoods, including Little Italy and Old Town, to name a few.
Organizers say the original Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 1998 is still recognized as the largest inaugural marathon in U.S. history with 19,979 entrants.