When: June 5, 2011
Where: San Diego, Calif.
More Info: San Diego Rock 'n' Roll
Making a Vacation of It: San Diego Tourism
A flat course, clear-blue sky and thousands of cheering fans (there are actual cheering squads in addition to spectators) make the San Diego event a great marathon, and 30 music stages along the route make it a great party. It's like running through a music festival, with new live music at every mile along the trek.
In the past, big names like Seal, Chris Isaak, Pat Benatar and Chicago have played the final concert at the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, and the music is included in the price of race entry. The official charity partner is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Live music and great weather, averaging about 65 degrees Fahrenheit on a summer morning, complement a run through beautiful San Diego that welcomes all levels of athlete: There's a half marathon and a relay available for those not up to the full distance, and a Kids Rock race is open to the little ones.
And never forget it's a party: Every adult finisher gets a free beer at the finish.
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