Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia

Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia

( 51 reviews )
94% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Philadelphia,
    United States
  • September
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

Christopher McManus

Afton, New York, United States
41 17
"Rock n Running Philly"
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Christopher McManus's thoughts:

Overall this was an amazing race that I would recommend to anyone! It was the first time I had visited Philly in years and was just a great race to explore the city and see all the beauty the city has to offer. Rock n Roll (RNR) races are very well organized so everything is fast and easy to coordinate.

Swag: The shirt for this race was just what you would expect from a RNR Race: a tech shirt, fun theme print, and correctly fitting size. A few other pieces of free swag came in the bag with race weekend promos.

Aid Stations: Aid stations were stocked with Gatorade Enduance, every other station, and water at every station. The stations were appropriately spaced out. There was one fuel station which had Science in Sports Gels.

Course Scenery: The first five miles of the course are throughout downtown, including Chinatown, and passing close to Independence Hall. Then the remaining 8 miles are an out and back along the river. The course by the river is so nice and calming, with trees and other country views event though you are still in the city.

Expo: The Expo was very fun. Getting your bib was seamless and easy, clearly marked signs led you towards the shirts, and then there were a good amount of vendors. There were many types of event at the expo like interviews with previous winners of the race, and live broadcasts. A lot more vendors than your typical race vendors too which was nice!

Elevation: The course was pretty flat in the five miles of city, then in the four miles out and fours miles back they were micro-rolling hills which added a bit of challenge to the course. The race also ended on an uphill finish which was unexpected.

Parking: the race advertised several different parking locations for race day. I chose one of the locations listed on the app which was supposed to be close, but ended up being farther away from the race than anticipated due to construction. Walking a mile to and from the race was not what I planned on but not a problem either. I understand it is a city and parking is limited.

Race Management: The race is so well organized. The appropriate amount of port-a-potties, after race fuel (food and drink), beer garden, and bag check. All notifications were sent right from the app to my phone so I was always updated with any race news.

Take advantage of this amazing management to explore this beautiful city!

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