It’s Time To Turn Up The Volume In San Antonio

Third-annual Rock ‘n’ Roll event promises to be another smash hit!

Written by: Laurie Steiner

It’s time to head to the home of the Alamo, delicious Tex-Mex, the exciting River Walk, great music and more. That’s right runners—lace up your shoes and get ready to rock as you head to the third annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon benefiting Susan G. Komen for the CureÒ.

On Sunday, Nov. 14, more than 30,000 participants and thousands of supporters and attendees will convene in San Antonio for the much-anticipated 26.2-mile block party featuring over 50 live band performances, spirit squads and more.

The Big Weekend
To kick off the weekend, head over to the Lila Cockrell Theater on Nov. 12, for this year’s Friday night opening concert.

Also in the days leading up to the race, be sure to stop by the health and fitness expo at the Alamodome where you’ll find hundreds of your favorite vendors and products including Sports Authority, Oakley, MGD64, Sony and more. Open Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, the expo is the perfect place to get pumped up prior to race day.

Every runner is required to attend the expo to pick up his or her goodie bag, t-shirt and timing tag. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the expo this year—you definitely don’t want to miss the excitement.

Who Can Participate?
From elementary school children to beginners and seasoned runners, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio has something to offer everyone.

This year, nearly 1,500 kids are expected to participate in the second annual Kids Rock presented by YMCA on Saturday, Nov. 13. Located at Brackenridge Park, Kids Rock is non-timed and non-competitive.

Perfect for kids up to the fifth grade, this is a great way to get your children involved in fitness and excited about running. And the San Antonio Spurs will be there to cheer them on!

In addition, 2010 includes a 5k, 10k and relay option—ideal for those who might feel intimidated about a long-distance run but who are interested in participating.

“The relay is something we’re very excited to introduce this year,” said Kim Messey, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio event manager. “In lieu of an 18- to 24-week training commitment, anyone can pair up with a friend and run the two-person half marathon relay and still get the Rock ‘n’ Roll experience. It’s perfect for the shorter-distance crowd.”

Race Day Details
On Sunday, participants can park and use the free shuttle from the AT&T Center. With the many road closures and a small number of parking lots available, parking downtown is not advised.

You’ll then go straight to the brand new start line in downtown San Antonio.

“We wanted to freshen up the race now that we’re in our third year,” Messey added. “One of the biggest things we’re excited about is moving the start line downtown. Now that we’re in the heart of the city, this is a great way to drive even more excitement and revenue into San Antonio.

Throughout the course, runners will have the opportunity to pass through signature San Antonio attractions—including the Alamo at mile 2.25, San Pedro Park at mile 6.5, Southtown Arts District at mile 10.25, Mission Concepción at mile 12 and the Tower of the Americas at mile 11.5 (half) or mile 25 (marathon). Experience San Antonio’s breathtaking views and scenery as you complete this year’s course.

Why bring headphones when you can hear live music instead? Featuring a variety of up-beat music and rock ‘n’ roll jams, the course will be lined with great tunes to provide a fun and energetic atmosphere for participants. This year’s line-up includes Valeria Gonzales, The Bob Bass Band, Hodge Podge Blues Band, South Texas Revolution, Nemesis, The Boogie Men, The TX LadyBugs and many more.

After you cross the finish line, it’s time for celebration. Be sure to check out this year’s free headliner finish-line concert outside of the Alamodome—a perfect way to cap off the weekend.

Giving Back
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is this year’s exclusive national charity aligned with the event. When runners join Marathon for the Cure®

’s team, this allows Susan G. Komen to continue to provide breast cancer research and awareness.

Runners can participate in two ways. One option is to join the pledge program with a minimum of a $250 fundraising commitment. The second option is to join the promise program, in which participants commit to raising $1,300.

“It’s because of events like this that we are able to increase awareness about breast cancer,” said Beth Wise Crider of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “This allows us to continue to raise funds to grant specific areas of need in local communities and at the national level. Our partnership with Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio will help us fulfill our mission of a world without breast cancer.”

Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds will go toward education, screening and treatment of breast cancer in the local area. Susan G. Komen will use the additional 25 percent of net proceeds for breast cancer research grants.

For more information on the Marathon for the Cure, visit www.marathonforthecure.org.

Have you reserved your spot?
If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still some spots left! On-site registration will be available at the health and fitness expo Friday and Saturday.

For more information and to register for the third annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon, visit http://san-antonio.competitor.com/ today!

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