Ramaala Ready to Rock San Diego

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published May. 27, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM UTC
Hendrick Ramaala running the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Japan earlier this year. Photo:


Former NYC marathon champion highlights field of 30,000 runners.

Written by: Mario Fraioli

South African Hendrick Ramaala, the 2004 New York City Marathon champion with a personal best of 2:06:55 from London in 2006, has committed to run at The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 6.

“I’m excited to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon,” said the 38-year-old Ramaala. “Every morning I push my training. I’ve heard a lot of nice things about the race and city of San Diego and I would love to do well in front of the people and put on a good show.”

For the first time in San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll history, a half marathon will accompany the full 26.2-mile main event, and a combined 30,000 runners are expected to take to the streets of America’s Finest City. The newly-designed race course will feature 26 local bands playing live music along the route, which finishes at Sea World.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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