Ready, set, run, rock, and roll! The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is coming back to Arizona this weekend, January 14-15. Runners will race through Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe while local bands play every mile of the course to keep everyone rocking. The weekend events include different options for runners in all shapes and of all sizes. The KiDS ROCK race and 5K are on Saturday, while the 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon take place Sunday.
Whether you plan to participate in any of the latter races, you’ll want to be aware of road closures through out Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Click here for a complete list.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series started in San Diego in 1998 and quickly spread in popularity. They now feature in 30 cities both in and outside of the U.S., and even have a Virtual Run. The race came to Arizona in 2004 and has included a variety of running options from the start.
Participants must pick up their race packets with race number, gear bag, and t-shirt from the Health & Fitness Expo, which runs Friday, January 13 from 12pm-7pm and Saturday, January 14 from 9am-5pm in the Phoenix Convention Center. The Health & Fitness Expo is free to attend and open to the public where, according to the website, attendees can explore “the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health & nutrition information, and interactive displays.”
Sunday, after the race, make sure to check out the Finish Line Festival in Tempe Park. This year’s headliner is alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket who will be playing at 11:15am following the awards program. To get runners ready to race they are even offering a free download of their single, “Good Intentions” on the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Series website.
Online registration has ended, but latecomers can still register at the Health & Fitness Expo the day before their desired race – be aware there is no same-day registration.