Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Thoughts


Quite Possibly My Swan Song In The RnR Series

Rock And Roll Marathon Series – well, yes I did it again. I ran another Rock and Roll Event.. and I truly believe it will be my last. I am thankful for these large events as they motivate people to get out and run – but in my honest opinion they have gotten way too crowded and chaotic and here are my pet peeves:

  • Lining up at the front of the race in the lower numbered corrals and then running slow.
  • Abruptly stopping during a race. Move to the side first – I crashed into 2 people who stopped..
  • Photo ops. I saw several people taking self-portraits while running, or taking pictures of others. Please refer to above and move to side – OFF the course.  This is a running event, right?
  • If you must spit or blow your nose please check around you – I dodged a few snot rockets. EWWWW
  • Rest stops – at least try to throw your cup off the road or in the bin and not on the runners behind you, and yes this might be a good time to get rid of your gu rather than discarding where ever you feel like it –  do you actually think someone drives the whole course after to pick up all the little packets you discard?
  • Being aware of your surroundings. Yes – there are others running this race, and they might pass you so pay attention and be courteous and don’t bottleneck the course.
  • Stopping IMMEDIATELY after the finish line. In Vegas I could barely cross the finish line.  I was able to cross in San Diego but came to a stop right after…  Keep moving people or seek medical attention if you cant.
  • Don’t cheat races. When I was waiting for my family to finish the race – I saw more than one person with TWO timing chips on. Really?  Also saw another take a short cut prior to the 11 mile mark – can you really live with yourself knowing you PR’ed by cheating?
  • Thank the volunteers. We get to do the fun stuff – they are the ones that make it happen.

Ok – enough griping. The race weather was perfect and I PR’ed (barely) at 1.51.09  putting me in the top ten percent out of over 17,000 people – so overall it was a great day spent with my family in San Diego.

How Do You Feel About Rock and Roll Events?

Are You A Fan Or Larger Or Smaller Events?

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  1. Jon says:

    Well, if you wanna finish in the top 1%, this is the race for you!

    Seriously, for a 1:32 half marathon, which really isn’t that fast at all if you look @ the entire running population, for me starting in the first corral, I was THANKFUL because even one corral back and I would have been playing frogger for the first two miles.

    Glad I experienced a R’n’R race. Prolly not again (unless I start in the first corral again).
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  2. Angela says:

    Congrats on your PR! I won’t be doing a RnR event based on what I hear about them. Give me a small event any day! I’m doing my first marathon in the fall and I specifically researched the options out there to find an event that suits my preferences (Santa Barbara International Marathon, here I come!)

  3. Jen says:

    Congrats on the PR – I’ve only done one RnR – last year’s full san diego. I thought it was OK but pricey.

    Those pet peeves really are a good rule of thumb for all races. in fact, I’ve often experienced worse in the smaller races like bands of walkers 5 and 6 across! MOVE. ;)
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  4. misszippy says:

    I think you’d have to pay me LOTS of money to line up for one of those events. Just not my cup of tea–I like small to medium sized events and these sound like a nightmare to me!

    Congrats on your time and on a nice weekend in San Diego–great town!
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  5. Colleen says:

    Congrats on the PR…

    I feel you on your gripes, although I don’t think they are strictly RnR gripes… I’ve seen it too often at most races I do these days that are bigger events. It’s sad really…

  6. BDD says:

    Congrats on the PR!!

    I love small local races, I do not like large races at all.
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  7. CTER says:

    You know my feelings about these races. Probably not happening anytime soon. With DRC and PlayTri in this area I just don’t see a need to do an RnR race anymore. Stonebridge is a great half-marathon that is challenging and very small. Works for me.

    The other thing I noticed is that the Dallas RnR which is a 1/2 only was not as bad as Vegas and from the sounds of it what you faced out in San Diego.

    For the price it just doesn’t make sense for it to be that screwed up. I know that they can’t control everything but policing the corrals better would be a good start.
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  8. Travel Spot says:

    Congrats on the PR! It’s funny that you mention this because I JUST wrote a post yesterday about large vs small events. Mine was not an RnR but it was just as bad. I am NOT a fan of large, commercialized, overpriced events. I prefer small ones where I actually enjoy the race instead of the swag and where I know the race director by name!
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  9. Brave one! :) I am tempted with the $20 saving today, but they are still really expensive events! Congrats on the PR Lady Baha!!
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  10. Dennis says:

    Congrats on the PR! I can identify with your pet peeves & I’m a newbie (running since Sept. ’11.) I’m registered for the San Jose RnR, but saw their policy about allowing people to “Board a “sag wagon” shuttle to move forward on the course, where they may continue to participate in the event, maintaining the minimum pace required.” and was pretty turned off. I may still run it, since I spent the $ already, treating it as a training/weekend long run.
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  11. Jeff Irvin says:

    I’ve done the San Antonio RnR twice and it is massive. People freaking everywhere. I’d do it again, as we enjoy going to San Antonio and the race is extremely well organized. Since everything is bigger in Texas the city holds the amount of runners/spectators easily (unlike Vegas).

    Now that being said, I finished like 80th out of 20,000+ people so my experience lining up in the front of the first corral and getting to the post race party fashionably early may vary from those running with the masses so take it with a grain of salt.

    Congrats on a great PR Karen, you worked hard and deserve it!

    Oh, and your list of gripes – if you replace “RnR Race” with “The Mall” most of the points parallel – at least for me (-:
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  12. IronBob says:

    Rock and Roll!!
    Nothing like 4 or 5 strangers snot rockets hanging off your hand when they hit it, especially when you take that hand to wipe sweat from your face!!
    All the more reason to become faster..
    Great time by the way!
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