• March 19, 2018

    My 4 Favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll Races

    I am fond of the Rock ‘n’ Roll races because Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas was my first “big” race. I had never seen anything like it.  I didn’t even know that races had expos. I’ve run a lot of the Rock ‘n’ Roll races, which means I have a few favorites. There are many great things about Rock ‘n’ Roll Races like the bands, music, awesome medals, and just meeting new people. I’ve made some great running friends waiting on a race to start in my corral. Now it’s time for me to share my favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll Races.

  • March 16, 2018

    Why I ll Be Raising a Pint This Summer at Rock n Roll Dublin

    My wife and I decided 2018 was going to be the year we took a race-cation, as we have been talking about it for some time. Dublin, Ireland has always been at the top of our travel wish list–really, a bucket list item for me. We’ve never been to Ireland–or to Europe, for that matter–and when we saw that the Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin was happening this August, we knew this was it. The event would be a magnificent chance to visit, explore, and run where our family’s roots run deep.

  • March 14, 2018

    Laissez les bon temps rouler: Let the good times roll at Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

    What better way to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th anniversary than to run a Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series half marathon! Humana #RnRNOLA has got to be one of the most, if not the most, colorful race weekends out there. And the most energetic. And the most beaded. Earlier this month, those colors, that energy, and of course those beads were in their full, enchanting display on race weekend.

  • March 07, 2018

    More than Just Cherry Blossoms: United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2

    United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, also known as United Airlines #RnRDC in the social sphere, is just around the corner. In three days, thousands of runners will cross the start line, full of excitement for their 5 kilometers, 13.1 or 26.2 miles. “It’s just like any other race,” you might say. But for me, there are numerous reasons to be super pumped for running on Saturday, March 10.

  • February 03, 2018

    Run D.C. – Where To Go For A Beautiful Run!

    Fall is my favorite time of year to run in the D.C. metro area. The temps have dropped, the sun is usually shining, and the leaves are beautiful. While I often run in my own neighborhood, this is the time of year when I try to get out of my usual haunts and onto some of the prettier running paths in the area. So whether you are a resident of the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area, or on vacation doing touristy things, make sure you take advantage of the five running hot spots.

  • February 02, 2018

    Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans: A Homecoming on a 50 State Journey

    This weekend, I am coming home. There are many reasons why I am running Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans for my first Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event of 2018 as a part of the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Blog team. For one, New Orleans has a special place in my heart–it’s where I grew up, and I am eager to run the streets that I used to walk as a kid. New Orleans is also celebrating its 300th year this weekend, and I am excited to join all the tricentennial festivities. I’ll get the chance to see the wonderful culture of the city in full force for this special occasion. 

  • January 29, 2018

    The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience | Justin’s Arizona Weekend

    “Perhaps we’d better start from the beginning…” a line taken from one of my favorite rockers… Rob Zombie. Arizona marks the first stop on the Tour each year, and since this is my running anniversary, I love that the fun starts here. In 2016, I did my very first run, and it just so happened that it was the 10K here. Much has changed since then, for me, and for the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series.

  • January 29, 2018

    The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience | Jessie’s Arizona Weekend

    This past Sunday I ran the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon for the first time! This was my 5th half marathon with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.  I chose to run Arizona because it was close enough to drive there from home and I know Rock ‘n’ Roll always puts on a great event!  The Rock ‘n’ Roll races are always really well organized, have a fun crowd of participants, spectators, and volunteers!  And this year they even got a little makeover with new mile markers that we could see and hear from a distance, and aid station signage!


  • December 22, 2017

    How to Rock ‘n’ Run New Orleans in 48 Hours

    The Big Easy, NOLA, N’awlins – no matter how you refer to it, there’s no denying the unique spirit of one of the South’s most interesting cities. From the historic neighborhoods and jazz culture to the incomparable cuisine and haunting tales, the soul of New Orleans is felt wherever you go.

  • December 22, 2017

    How to Rock ‘n’ Run San Francisco in 48 Hours

    The eclectic city of San Francisco has so much to offer those who visit. From fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf to panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field, this city’s variety of humbling beauty and engaging entertainment will leave you in awe.

  • December 09, 2017

    Local Eats | Portland Edition

    With over 20 domestic Rock ‘n’ Roll events each year, the event staff sure works up an appetite on race weekend. As runners, we’ve already done all the homework for your visit to Portlandia, so you can come prepared to taste the best of the Pacific Northwest. Here are the top recommendations from staff and locals to help you make a swift decision when you’re tired and just plain ol’ Rungry in Portland!

  • December 09, 2017

    Local Eats | Virginia Beach Edition

    The beach is in sight! Can you almost taste that fresh seafood and beachside cocktails? To make the most of your culinary excursions for the weekend, our staff has picked their local favorites in Virginia Beach. Be sure to let us know which ones you try and what you recommend to other runners!

  • November 28, 2017

    San Antonio Legacy Runners

    On December 3, 231 legacy runners from all different walks of life will be approaching the start line for their 10th straight Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon, having participated every year since 2008.

  • November 16, 2017

    How to Rock n Run DC in 48 Hours

    A visit to the nation’s capital is on nearly everyone’s bucket list as DC is full of rich history, monumental attractions, and a thriving arts and culinary scene. The United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon takes place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, right around the time of cherry blossom season. While you’ll want to save your legs for race day, DC neighborhoods are walkable and also easy to access by bike or bus tour. There is plenty to do in DC that extends beyond the race weekend, which could mean a good time for an early spring break or extended weekend to the East Coast. And don’t forget to book through United Airlines to receive your exclusive Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon discount!

  • October 02, 2017

    Local Eats | Raleigh Edition

    With over 20 domestic Rock ‘n’ Roll events each year, we sure work up an appetite on race weekend. As runners, we’ve already done all the homework for your visit to Raleigh. Here are the top recommendations from staff and locals to help you make a swift decision when you’re tired and just plain ol’ Rungry!

  • September 22, 2017

    The Ultimate Race Weekend Checklist

    Are you someone who leaves packing to the last minute? Or do you prepare days in advance and double check everything in your bags before leaving the house? Whatever your packing style might be, we have the ultimate marathon checklist to help make sure you don’t forget a thing on race day, whether you’re running a marathon or a half marathon.

  • September 16, 2017

    Galen Rupp Takes on the AACR Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

    For all Galen Rupp has accomplished running at a very brisk pace from Point A to Point B – three-time Olympian, two-time Olympic medalist, too many U.S. records to count – there are a couple things Rupp has not pulled off on two feet.

  • September 13, 2017

    What to Do When Visiting Montreal

    Traveling to Montreal for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon, runners will enjoy all the experiences that Rock ‘n’ Roll events have to offer pre- and post-race with the bonus of seeing some of the sites and heritage of this beautiful city.

     

  • September 12, 2017

    My Return to New Orleans – Thanks to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

    As Hurricane Harvey wreaks devastation on many communities throughout Texas, I can’t help but flash back to Katrina and how she left New Orleans in total havoc, almost exactly 12 years ago in 2005. I visited New Orleans in 2007, and much of the city was still in shambles. Home sites that were a heap of rubble, torn down but left to rot. Rats that were larger than my house cats, running rampant through the streets, along the shelves of convenience stores and behind the scenes in many restaurant kitchens. Feral cats had been released at some point in an attempt to control the rat population; however, the rats outgrew those feral cats. Bourbon Street was about the only thing “happening” in town. But the bars and restaurants along that strip were eroded and dingy, and the floors were sticky. It reminded me of college days long gone, where my feet would stick to the floor at fraternity parties. Bourbon Street was one big frat party in 2005. A frat party with strip clubs. About every second or third storefront in those days had women, partially clothed, standing in the doorway, soliciting visitors. I can’t say I was impressed. Our short trip was too long, and I vowed never to return to New Orleans.

     

  • September 07, 2017

    How to Rock ‘n’ Run Los Angeles in 48 Hours

    Los Angeles is a trend-setting metropolis with star power that attracts visitors from across the globe. While L.A. is aptly named the entertainment capital of the world, don’t let the bright lights of Hollywood distract you from all this sprawling city has to offer. This cultural mecca has more theatres and museums than any city in the nation. Catch some rays along the 75 miles of iconic coastline stretching from Malibu to Long Beach. Shop among the rich and famous at the chic boutiques on Rodeo Drive. Stroll through some of its lively and diverse neighborhoods. End the day at the Griffith Observatory with a different kind of star-gazing.

  • September 07, 2017

    Exploring Northern California

    Join us as we celebrate our 20 years running, and satisfy your wanderlust by making San Jose the destination for your next Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Weekend. Race to the finish line as you get inspired knowing you’re surrounded by the minds at eBay, Cisco, PayPal, and Adobe. San Jose’s vibrant downtown district and diverse food scene, as well as its incredible hiking and thrilling theme parks, attract visitors from all walks of life. The heart of Silicon Valley may be what brings you to Northern California, but it doesn’t mean your trip has to come to an end. There are many spectacular NorCal destinations within a few hours’ drive from San Jose, so continue exploring, one mile at a time.

     

  • August 31, 2017

    What to Expect When Visiting Dallas

    They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas is no exception. In addition to a rockin’ course, what else can you expect in the Big D?

  • August 17, 2017

    Reasons to Run 9 Half Marathons with Rock n Roll

    I went a little crazy last year.

    It happened so gradually I didn’t see the madness seeping in.

  • August 15, 2017

    How to Rock ‘n’ Run San Jose in 48 Hours

    Do you know the way to San Jose? For those from the NorCal area, this city is known best as being home to tech mecca, Silicon Valley. But it’s not only a place where technology and education thrive! San Jose also boasts some of the best cultural attractions in the state, and its proximity to San Francisco, Big Sur, Monterey, and Napa Valley makes it a top tourist destination for many.

  • August 14, 2017

    Twelve Half Marathons in Twelve Months

    In 2012 I set a pretty big running goal for myself. I’d been running road races for about five years – long enough to have tried every distance from the 5K to the marathon more than once – and realized my true distance love was the 13.1. What better way to celebrate my affection for the half marathon – I thought to myself while out on a run one morning in November of 2011 when I came up with this idea – than to run twelve half marathons in twelve months in the year 2012? And so the seed was planted, and the race scheduling began.