• 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.

  • 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 31, 2017

    Reasons to Run with Rock n Roll

    Running was something I never really gave a chance in the beginning. It was my least favorite workout. I’d run for a few seconds, be super exhausted, and call it a day. I had more excuses than reasons to run.

  • 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.

  • August 14, 2017

    How to Train for a Remix Challenge

    Race challenges have quickly become an integral part of the running community. Runners can push themselves beyond the constraints of a typical race event, testing their limits over miles, days or even hours.

  • August 14, 2017

    Michelob Ultra Rookies

    A bet, a beer, and a bowtie

  • August 14, 2017

    Runching 101

    It happens to the best of us. Your training plan says you need to run X miles for the day, but you have COMMITMENTS: an early morning meeting at work and dinner plans with friends in the evening. Your only option is to set your alarm for the cringeworthy hour of 4am — or is it? I’m telling y’all — runching is the solution!

  • August 11, 2017

    New Orleans VIP Experience

    The VIP experience at a Rock ‘n’ Roll race is not to be missed. The problem is, now I am spoiled and want VIP at every race! Check out my Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans VIP experience, but please note not all experiences are exactly the same or offer the same amenities.

  • August 11, 2017

    Your Race, Your Pace

    Your race, your pace, right? Right. Everyone (and for every race) has different race goals, from the ever popular PRs to the just finishing and running healthy. 

  • August 11, 2017

    7 Race Day Tips

    You’ve worked hard training for your race. You’ve followed your plan and completed all of your tempo, race pace, and long runs. You’ve tapered appropriately, and you’re feeling good. You’re ready. This will be the day you accomplish your goals, whether it’s to finish feeling great, set a new PR, or qualify for Boston.

  • July 27, 2017

    Milestones The Celebration

    A CELEBRATION OF THE PARTICIPANTS, VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS, AND STAFF THAT MADE 20 YEARS RUNNING POSSIBLE

  • July 26, 2017

    5 Running Motivation Posters

    Do you need some extra running motivation to get out the door (or just out of bed) for those training runs? Look no further! Here are five, totally free, running motivation posters for you to download, print, or both!

  • July 19, 2017

    How to Pack for Your Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Race

    When race time rolls around, the last thing you want to worry about is packing. Or, more specifically, overpacking. Although you may have tourist adventures on the horizon, the number one goal of this trip is to run your race. Once you have your marathon packing checklist created, you can refer to the same one for every Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series race you get a bib for.

  • July 19, 2017

    Are You a Rock Star Runner

    The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is made of awesome medals, scenic miles, rockin’ music, and most importantly – Rock Star moments! We’re giving you the stage — we want to show off the Rock Stars you are!

  • July 19, 2017

    Michelob Ultra LiveULTRA

    Mellie and her friends balance their active and social lives together – most recently enjoying a race-cation to the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego!

  • July 17, 2017

    Half Marathoner Meets Idol Kathrine Switzer on Her Birthday

    Back in her hometown, Jessica Flores decided to run the 2017 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on her 27thbirthday. No stranger to the half marathon distance, this was Flores’s first time running in the city she grew up in. 

  • July 14, 2017

    Greg Heilers Run His 100th Rock n Roll Race in Chicago

    Like many Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series runners, Greg Heilers is drawn to the entertainment-themed races by multiple factors. There’s the medals. (Heilers keeps his bling in a backpack so loaded down he guesses it weighs near 50 pounds.)

  • July 12, 2017

    How To Be Crunchy In Colorado

    This post was written by SmartyPants Vitamins.  For more content like this, check out their website!

    Typically, crunchy is used to describe the texture of food. But, in Colorado, crunchy is a way of life.

  • July 12, 2017

    2017 Rock n Roll Seattle Race Weekend

    Did you know the 2010 Seattle race was where wear blue: run to remember first appeared on a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series course? Reflecting on 20 Years Running for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 2017, the presence of wear bluehas become a treasured part of the Seattle event in particular.

  • July 12, 2017

    2017 Rock n Roll Chicago Race Weekend

    Did you know the 2014 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago was the birthplace of our Remix Challenge, when runners take on the Saturday 5K, and then conquer the 10K or half marathon on Sunday? The Windy City is known for its contrast of a downtown city course, its beautiful lakefront views and diverse Chicago culture visible at every turn. Below are the miles, music and moments throughout the 2017 race weekend that mark 20 Years Running for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.

  • July 07, 2017

    Q & A with Professional Athlete, Kelley O’Hara

    “Soccer is an endurance sport so cardio is very important. During season, I don’t have to worry about incorporating it into my routine because it comes naturally during practice and games.