2019 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Highlights

Approximately over 23,000 registered runners took to the streets of America’s Finest city on the weekend on June 1-2 to participate in the 22nd annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

There was a renewed sense of purpose and commitment on enhancing participants experience in 2019 in all areas of the event. With a strong focus on music and entertainment, health and wellness, and a positive community environment, people in attendance enjoyed what the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll had to offer.  

The Health and Fitness Expo kicked off on Friday, May 31 with a festive Mariachi band that serenaded all “early-goers” entering Expo with a high energy mini-concert.

Expo later introduced a press conference that featured San Diego Tourism Authority President and CEO Joe Terzi who welcomed everyone to beautiful San Diego and capped off with a Q&A presentation with 2019 Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono and American running legend Meb Keflezighi.  

Expo also featured and electrifying show and presentation which honored 68 Legacy Runners for their tremendous achievement of running a marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego 22 years in a row! With a “full house” in attendance, this interactive show featured a dueling violin show, a powerful speech by host Ann Wessling and an exciting ceremony which set the tone for the rest of the weekend. 

Race weekend kicked off on Saturday morning with a 5K through historic Balboa Park. With almost perfect running weather at 66 degrees (° F) participants where able to enjoy a fun run that ended with a concert at the park with 80’s tribute band Groove Kitty. 

The half and full marathon took place on Sunday, with runners from all over the world starting at Balboa Park and finishing in downtown. This year’s on-course entertainment elevated to a new level by featuring a Mariachi mile, Taiko drums (Japanese drumming), and bands and DJ’s from different genres of music. This year’s race was heavily themed with high-energy and unique music. 

With amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking the iconic Star of India - Maritime Museum of San Diego, the event gracefully ended at Waterfront Park which incorporated good “Cali vibes” and a performance from music star Matt Nathanson. 
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