New Start for Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio

Third Annual Event Unveils New Downtown Starting Line, Two-Person Relay and Official Charity Partner   

San Antonio, TX –  When runners and walkers take to the streets for the third annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Sunday, November 14, they will do so from a brand new starting line. The 2010 race course was unveiled today, and will include a new downtown start on the corner of Alamo and Market Street, adjacent to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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The start of the 2010 race will be downtown at the corner of Alamo and Market Streets. (Credit

“Our goal is always to provide the best running experience possible for all participants,” said Kari Logan, Event Director of the largest combined marathon and half-marathon in Texas.  “We believe changing the start location to downtown will be a positive one for both runners and the local community.”

From the start line, the new race route will travel east down Market Street, before circling past the historic Alamo. The course then heads up North St. Mary’s Street to McCullough Avenue then passing through the King William Historic District. Both the marathon, half-marathon and relay will finish in the same location as previous years, adjacent to the Alamodome.

“The third running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon represents a commitment to helping citizens and visitors focus on the importance of fitness and a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Sheryl Sculley, City Manager of San Antonio and three-time Rock ‘n’ Roll participant. “The addition of a two-member relay provides a good introduction for those runners and walkers who have been more focused on 5ks and 10ks and makes the race more accessible for those who want to experience the excitement of the Rock ‘n’ Roll race.”

In the half-marathon relay, the first participant will start the race in normal fashion, bringing a special drumstick baton to the relay exchange point located just after 7.5 miles. After the exchange, the second runner will take the drumstick the final 5 miles to the finish line. Both relay participants will receive a race technical tee shirt, relay medal and a commemorative Rock ‘n’ Roll drumstick race baton. Relay registration is open online at and entry fees are $75 per relay participant.

“We know runners will enjoy starting in San Antonio’s beautiful downtown,” said Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of San Antonio Sports, the city’s nonprofit sports commission. “Our volunteers look forward to welcoming everyone to the heart of the Alamo City and with the new half-marathon relay it’s not too late to start training.”

November’s event will also include the return of the popular kids race, Kids Rock! Presented by the YMCA. The event is a non-timed, non-competitive, one-mile fun run for children in grades K-5. It will take place Saturday morning, November 13 at Brackenridge Park near the San Antonio Zoo. All participants will receive a medal, t-shirt and free admission to the zoo after the race.

Also new for the 2010 will is the event’s partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® as the official benefiting charity. Through the Marathon for the Cure® program, runners and walkers can join the fight against breast cancer by participating in the marathon, half-marathon or relay. Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host a series of Marathon for the Cure training and interest meetings throughout the month of August in the San Antonio area, with dates and times as follows:

Date / Time


Training Meetings

Tuesday, August 8th – 8:30 am

Run On!

20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 3120

San Antonio, Texas  78258

Saturday, August 21st  – 6:30 am

Run Wild Sports

300 East Grayson Street

San Antonio, Texas 78215

Informational Meetings

Wednesday, August 11th – 6:30 pm

Alamo Heights United Methodist Church

825 E Basse Road

San Antonio, Texas 78209

Thursday, August 12th – 8:00 pm

Central Market

4821 Broadway St

San Antonio, Texas 78209

Wednesday, August 18th – 7:00 pm

Westside YMCA

2900 Ruiz Street

San Antonio, Texas 78228

Thursday, August 19th – 5:00 pm

O’Krents Flooring Center

2075 N. Loop 1604 E

San Antonio, Texas 78232

Tuesday, August 17 – 6:30 pm


3750 Commercial Ave.

San Antonio, Texas 78221

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