- 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
I ran the Rock N Roll San Diego as my first full marathon back in 2017 for the anniversary. All in all, I loved my experience. San Diego is a beautiful city with lots of opportunities to make a racecation out of your trip. The weather could not have been better- perfect low 70s. As you make your way through the various neighborhoods, you will meet the lovely folks of San Diego. They truly come out to support. Many homes had bars set up and other kinds of food/beverage and crowd support. I had so many snacks, gave sweaty hugs, and even took a shot or 2!! Lots of adorable kids and fun signs lined the streets. It was a truly immersive experience and I strongly recommend that you slow down and enjoy this race. The first half of this course is excellent. In fact, I would probably only run the half in the future. The back half has many hills and the last 3-4 miles on the freeway are GOD AWFUL!! This would be a great race to negative split- conserve in the front and enjoy the fun and then run FAST through the end!
In my option, Rock N Roll always puts on top notch events. Plenty of aid stations, a lively expo, and fun finish line. None of the race perks are extensive, but they are more than sufficient and the staff members are always helpful.
The medal was good but not great. The shirt was awful. However, I really enjoyed the finisher's jacket and that made the full worth it. At the end of the day, I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to run this race and I would run it again, although probably just the half this time.