Roads to Close for Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon

Sunday's race includes a new route that will finish downtown at Petco Park

In just hours, 30,000 runners will swarm through Little Italy, Old Town, Normal Heights and through downtown to Petco Park in the annual June tradition of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.

Sunday's race includes a new route that will finish downtown at Petco Park.

After the recent Boston Marathon bombing, event organizers say there will be enhanced security measures in place throughout the event to keep runners safe.

The marathon, which began in San Diego 16 years ago, takes over the central area of the county. Main roads and even highways are closed for the event. See Closures Here

Then there are the bands. Music fills the route with a band positioned at every mile. Runners in costume, cheerleaders along the route and rock ‘n’ roll – the run is a favorite for local marathon runners and weekend warriors alike.

Alan Culpepper, Vice President of Central Region Events said organizers market to elite athletes and first-time marathon participants.

“It's a combination as a world class event but added event of music, cheer team and all the fun that comes with it. You can work toward something, set goals and have fun while you're doing it,” Culpepper said.

If you don't want to run, but simply want to watch the fun organizers suggest you use the trolley to get close to the action. There are three trolley stops that will help you get a great view.

  • 12th & Imperial trolley station for the Finish Line
  • Morena/Linda Vista trolley station for Marathon Mile 17.5
  • Fashion Valley trolley station for Marathon Mile 19.5

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There will be a health and fitness expo at the San Diego Convention Center Friday and Saturday. Then on Saturday, at 8 a.m., the children will race at Petco Park.

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