Approximately 10,000 registered runners from ages 12 to 93 took to the streets of the San Jose this weekend to participate in the 13th running of the Michelob Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Silicon Valley.
The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday morning with a 5K and kids race through downtown. The half marathon and 10K took place on Sunday, with runners from 46 states and 21 countries taking off on a tour of San Jose starting at W. Santa Clara St. at N. Almaden Ave.
In the half marathon, Sid Vaughn (Boulder, Colo.) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:03:35. Shadrack Biwott (Flagstaff, Ariz.) was second with a time of 1:04:04. Bijan Mazaheri (Pasadena, Calif.) followed right behind in third place finishing in 1:04:08. Maegan Krifchin (New York, New York) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:12:49 with Sydney Devore (Rochester Hill, Mich.) next behind her at 1:14:44. Nicole DiMercurio (Blowing Rock, N.C.) rounded out the podium in 1:16:33.
Elite runners and fast times aside, Sunday’s races were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, like The Honey Wilders, performed live on improved band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Participants moved along to more music than ever with all new mile-markers that included speakers and race pacers who ran with mobile speaker packs.
The musically themed road race celebrated the day’s accomplishments with the sounds of the MarchFourth, a marching band that incorporates music and performance to the stage as the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner.
For complete results or for information on 2019 event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/San-Jose.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.