Hey Hampton Roads, get involved and get ready for the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon!
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series is excited about making it’s annual stop in Virginia Beach, celebrating 15 years in our city over Labor Day weekend. We have everything you need to know about this exciting race!
The Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is a family affair for all ages and levels of fitness and music enthusiasts! This 3-day music festival includes a health and fitness expo, 1-mile sand run, 5k, and half marathon.
Kick things off Friday afternoon with a visit to the health and fitness expo inside the Virginia Beach Convention center. Get your last minute supplies, make cheer signs, and talk to vendors selling everything from sunglasses to shoes. If you don’t have an outfit planned out, yet, you can definitely find everything you need at the expo!
If you are new to running or enjoy the thrill of racing 3.1 miles, the shorter 5k option is perfect for you. This oceanfront run takes place Saturday morning leaving the half til Sunday, which means if you wanted two days of racing you got it! This run begins on 21st street. You will enjoy cruising down Atlantic Ave and winding back and forth on the boardwalk before finishing on 13th street.
The half marathon course is a flat course that provides a fun experience for runners, walkers, and spectators alike. With various local bands spread throughout the route, you are sure to get a sense of what the beach life is all about. The half marathon is a point to point race, which means it starts and stops at different locations. The course begins at 14th street and takes you through a tour of the town, making it’s way south towards Croatan and through Camp Pendelton.
Be sure to thank those rowdy spectators! Their energy will make it feel more like a morning block party than a race. Some may even provide you with a cold beverage of your choice. These Virginia Beach residents line the streets of their neighborhoods each year to toast and cheer on runners, welcoming them into the local Virginia Beach fitness scene.
Feel free to stop and take in the fabulous inlet view from atop the Rudee Bridge on your way back to the boardwalk. You may want to grab a selfie before you tackle the last leg of the race, #RNRVIRGINIABEACH.
Taking a spectator view this year? Here are a couple of viewing spots where you can catch your favorite runners pass by twice during their 13.1 mile journey.
There is a 4-hour course limit, which allows athletes of all levels to enjoy the 13.1-mile trek. It also lets spectators cheer for a huge variety of runners, from the elite athletes to casual walkers.
Be sure to take part in the post-race beach party and celebratory concert Sunday night. Kick your shoes off! Hit the sand and jam to the sounds of this year’s headliner, ZZ Top. Even if you’re not running or walking this year, you can still enjoy the beachfront concert.
What’s your favorite part of this race? Are you watching or running it this year? Share your comments below or with friends and family on FamilyApp!
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