Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: Racers, schedules, happenings

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: Racers, schedules, happenings
Posted at 2:38 PM, Jun 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-03 17:43:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Every year tens of thousands lace up and hit the streets of San Diego, surrounded by rock 'n' roll and America's Finest City.

Now in its 20th year, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will start bright and early at 6:15 a.m. Sunday and continue throughout the morning.

The schedule will continue with times designated for expected finishers:

  • Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay: 6:15 am
  • Men’s half marathon winner (approx.): 7:15 am – 7:30 am
  • Women’s half marathon winner (approx.): 7:30 am – 7:45 am
  • Peak time at half marathon finish line: 8:15 am – 8:30 am
  • Men’s marathon winner (approx.): 8:15 am – 8:30 am
  • Women’s marathon winner (approx.): 8:30 am – 8:45 am
  • Peak time at marathon finish line: 9:15 am – 10:15 am

After the race, the Finish Line Festival will feature music acts from Michael Franti and Spearhead as racers cool down and rock out.

Keep your eyes peeled for some big name talent expected at this year's race, including legendary marathoner and hometown hero Meb Keflezighi (hosting the weekend's events), former 49ers running back Roger Craig, and 94-year-old Harriette Thompson, of Charlotte, N.C., going for the record for oldest woman to ever finish a marathon.


"We are thrilled and proud to celebrate 20 years running in San Diego, a truly seminal event drawing 20,000 entrants in 1998, the largest debut marathon United States history," Josh Furlow, President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, said in a release. "From our founder Tim Murphy to Meb Keflezighi, NFL legend Roger Craig and 94-year-old Harriette Thompson, we are celebrating the biggest milestones in our history this weekend."

On the competitive side of things, Juan Luis Barrios will lead the race with the top-seeded bib and compete alongside Gebrekiden Abadi, of Ethiopia, and top-seeded American runner Scott MacPherson, of Austin, Texas, in the men's half-marathon competition. 

Jane Kibii, of Kenya, Biruktayit Degefa, of Ethiopia, Lauren Totten, and Allison Delancy are all expected to put together a fast and competitive race in the women's half marathon.

In the full marathon, defending champion Eric Noel will face multiple-time champion Jeffery Eggleston as each look to take the 2017 crown home on the men's side, while Bonnie Keating will lead the charge in women's race after setting a personal record at last year's Carlsbad Marathon.