Friday, December 11, 2009

The 13th San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon - Planning Stage

My age and physical restrictions in running has not prevented me from joining marathons, however, I need to be selective on marathons that are “people friendly” rather than those of serious competitive marathons as in the case of Boston Marathon or its likes.

The two marathons that I have joined in 2009, the Los Angeles Marathon and Singapore Marathon are what are commonly known as “people friendly”. The marathon is more geared and set on the individual goal and capability of the runner to test and help them achieve their own purpose in running a marathon and having fun in the process.

For 2010, I have set a personal goal of joining another two marathons for the year. How I wish I could do more, but, physical restriction limits me to a maximum of two per year, that is of course excluding the local road races in Manila with distances of 10k/15k/21k.

First on my list is the 13th SAN DIEGO ROCK and ROLL MARATHON scheduled for June 6th 2010.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is an annual marathon held in San Diego, California, USA. It was established in 1998 and has been run every year since. It is the original race in the Rock 'n' Roll series of marathons and half-marathons managed by Competitor Group and held around the United States of America.

The marathon commences at 6th Avenue at Palm and concludes at Parade Deck in Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Runners have seven hours in which to complete the marathon. Since its inception, the marathon claims to have raised in excess of $100 million for charities. The 2006 marathon had 21,159 participants—17,339 of whom successfully finished the race.

As of 2009, the other races in the Rock 'n' Roll series are:
• Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon - held in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe
• Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras - held in New Orleans
• Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon
• Country Music Marathon - held in Nashville
• Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon
• Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon
• Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
• Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon
• Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon
• Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Below is a film clip of the 12th San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon held last June 2009.

2nd on my list is a repeat of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon which will be held sometime on the first week of December 2010. The event is very friendly and considering its proximity from Manila is a must attend.

Christmas holidays is coming, but, as they say when you enjoy running it is an everyday affair to hit he road.

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