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How the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Works

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A whole herd of Elvis Presleys leads the start of the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.
A whole herd of Elvis Presleys leads the start of the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.
AP Photo/Denis Poroy

Peak physical fitness is not, perhaps, a natural component of the "rock 'n' roll lifestyle" -- at least not the stereotypical one. On the one hand, you have protein shakes and training runs; on the other, all-nighters and beer runs.

In fact, the two are not so far apart. They're actually perfect together, according to the folks behind the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. To them, running 26.2 miles and partying are not mutually exclusive activities.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathons are held in 16 locations around the United States, and it's exactly what it sounds like: a running event and a concert wrapped in one. The idea is, why not combine two blood-pumping, fist-pumping activities into a single, massive, sweaty, weekend-long party? Runners and walkers are treated to music on the way to the finish line and a huge musical blow-out at the end of the event.

In this article, we'll check out six of the most popular Rock 'n' Roll Marathons, those taking place in San Antonio, Chicago, Arizona, Seattle, Las Vegas and San Diego, and find out what they have to offer. We'll see what the race is like and how you can get in on the action.

First up, the marathon (and half marathon!) in sunny San Diego.


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