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Overall Rating (17 Reviews)
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(17 Ratings)(17 Reviews)
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Race through the Alamo City, Deep in the Heart of Texas. Through the years, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio has become the famous historical landmark lined course that tours the Tower of the Americas, The Alamo, Mission Concepcion, San Fernando Cathedral and more.
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    jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '13

    A well organized race like most Rock N Roll Races. They have since moved the race date in to December because it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit by 9am in November. … MORE

    A well organized race like most Rock N Roll Races.
    They have since moved the race date in to December because it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit by 9am in November.
    The first 6 miles were relatively easy, but as runners made the turn at the San Antonio Zoo to run up the hill by the University of Incarnate Word the course got much tougher and the heat really set in. The remainder was just an exercise it pushing through.
    Without the heat, the course is actually really nice, but in San Antonio, heat is a normal thing.
    The post race concert was very nice, again like most Rock N Roll Races, but with the heat, I just wanted to head home.

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    krenee2050 FIRST-TIMER '19

    My first out of state race. It was awesome. Fly in, 15min uber ride to downtown hotel, did the 5k and half which started and ended in 4 different spots … MORE

    My first out of state race. It was awesome. Fly in, 15min uber ride to downtown hotel, did the 5k and half which started and ended in 4 different spots downtown and all walkable. Its a huge race so you can’t get lost to the start or from the finish. Not much scenery. Only one hill that had an effect on me. Expo great, spent lots of money. Love RNR races!

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    trainwithv SPECTATOR '19

    Most of the marathon is run through neighborhoods and a city park, don’t see the sites of San Antonio at all. Rock and roll production is always great. Hotels walking … MORE

    Most of the marathon is run through neighborhoods and a city park, don’t see the sites of San Antonio at all. Rock and roll production is always great. Hotels walking distance from start and finish

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    mwrunfar FIRST-TIMER '19

    Started in downtown with the 1/2 marathon runners, wave start but not by pace so for the first 12 miles lots of runners. After we split the course was neighborhoods … MORE

    Started in downtown with the 1/2 marathon runners, wave start but not by pace so for the first 12 miles lots of runners. After we split the course was neighborhoods and parks. Very good police support, enjoyed all aspects but it was hot for me and the density of runners kept me off rhythm which triggered my asthma. Loved the blue mile around mile 5. Very inspiring to see the pictures of those who gave their lives along with the vets holding the Flag. Loved the music and the city, great weekend.

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    GOLEAFS REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was my 4th time running this race and the 4th different course route. This year's course was good for the first couple of miles running through downtown then it … MORE

    This was my 4th time running this race and the 4th different course route. This year’s course was good for the first couple of miles running through downtown then it was nothing special the rest of the way with the exception of a mile long stretch that honored fallin local military soldiers. This stretch was very touching and hope this continues in future races.The expo was nothing special and post race nutrition was poor. The medal and shirt were low quality. Unfortunately this seems to be the new norm for Rock n Roll races.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Loved this race - it was very well organized - course was mostly flat - scenery was just ok - sad that we didn't run by the Alamo. The absolute … MORE

    Loved this race – it was very well organized – course was mostly flat – scenery was just ok – sad that we didn’t run by the Alamo. The absolute best part was the 1/2 mile run through a park where about every 6 feet there was someone holding an American flag on both sides – also with pictures of veterans who had died from that area. Made me so proud to be part of such a great country – I could have run for miles through that! Best expo with lots of purchase choices. Host hotel was right at the start line. Only negative – the race finished at a park that was a little far from the start – had to walk a long way to get back to the hotel and no pre-race meal options. Overall it was a great race!

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    Plecerf FIRST-TIMER '19

    A few hills but not too bad (Total elevation gain less than 777ft over 26.2 miles) The most moving part was the blue mile (tribute to fallen service members) Course … MORE

    A few hills but not too bad (Total elevation gain less than 777ft over 26.2 miles)
    The most moving part was the blue mile (tribute to fallen service members)
    Course not that scenic overall but a few sections in the parks were nice
    Well organized and aid stations well stocked and many over the course
    San Antonio is a fun place to visit so nice destination marathon

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    psprunner123 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course itself is mostly flat with the exception of a long hill at apprx 6.5 miles and a few other small hills sprinkled in during the last miles of … MORE

    The course itself is mostly flat with the exception of a long hill at apprx 6.5 miles and a few other small hills sprinkled in during the last miles of the half. Running through the military mile was especially somber with the photos of the fallen displayed on the sides of the road. A lot of twists and turns on the course as you wind through various neighborhoods. Support on the course was good. Only real complaint was the ugly shirt. Lol If you’re looking for a good destination race this is a good choice. San Antonio is a fun city with a lot to offer and you can’t beat the nice December weather.

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    KLG1963 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Parking is a joke. You are forced to go downtown to pickup your bib and parking is a nightmare. If you park at the ALAMODOME , after your race you … MORE

    Parking is a joke. You are forced to go downtown to pickup your bib and parking is a nightmare. If you park at the ALAMODOME , after your race you will be a mile away. The majority of the people do the 1/2 marathon and barely over 1000 people do the marathon. This is a rock n roll marathon but bands are few in btw. Will never run here again. Total joke

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I really enjoyed this course, while it had a few minor hills, it have some beautiful views. This year was warm, and course offered minimal shade. For me I think … MORE

    I really enjoyed this course, while it had a few minor hills, it have some beautiful views. This year was warm, and course offered minimal shade. For me I think it was one of the better RNR courses that I have done. The metal was nice, but not TEXAS sized as one would think. Expo was just okay. I feel it had great community support, and a fun after party.

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    Artsy87 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my final Rock & Roll race for the year achieving Hall of Fame status. This was my third time at this race over the years. I had not … MORE

    This was my final Rock & Roll race for the year achieving Hall of Fame status. This was my third time at this race over the years. I had not experienced this version of the course before. It was a much flatter route than in years past but I miss having the route go right in front of the Alamo. The VIP pass was fun to have and the hotel rooftop terrace was a great place to relax after the race. I love the whole San Antonio experience.

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    ldoucet FIRST-TIMER '17

    The weather was not the greatest for this race, cold, wind and heavy rains so there was no scenery to be had. The hills started to come in at almost … MORE

    The weather was not the greatest for this race, cold, wind and heavy rains so there was no scenery to be had. The hills started to come in at almost the very end when my legs were going numb on the course. Not many bands playing probably due to the weather. This also happened at the time of the Vegas shooting so at the start you could see the heavy police presence as well as the overhead copters
    There was a huge amount of people so the start was very much swaggered.

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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I loved running in San Antonio, this was my 15th rock n roll half marathon this year and I can really see the effects of the Ironman organization now owning … MORE

    I loved running in San Antonio, this was my 15th rock n roll half marathon this year and I can really see the effects of the Ironman organization now owning this. I won’t be running this series next year. It is a shame. Glad I did this before the change happened.

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    jen4465 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first RnR Series event. It’s definitely well-organized and fairly well supported along the course. The race was tough for me since it was a little warm (66 … MORE

    This was my first RnR Series event. It’s definitely well-organized and fairly well supported along the course.

    The race was tough for me since it was a little warm (66 degrees and 100% humidity). When it first started drizzling, I wasn’t hating it because it was somewhat cooling. But then it poured (at mile 1.7 for me), so I had to finish my race soaking wet. Of all the items being sold at the finish line, there was not a dry pair of socks to me found. Oh well. It was still a 9-minute PR for me.

    All of the hills were in the last 3 miles of the half. There was also a very moving “run to remember” mile lined with volunteers with American flags and the pictures of fallen soldiers. Very nice.

    Of course, the big draw for the RnR series is the on-course entertainment and finish line concerts. San Antonio doesn’t draw big-name concerts like other cities, but it’s still a nice feature.

    The expo was well-organized and easy to navigate. The on-course support was certainly adequate. The finish line area was a bit tough for spectators, but RnR is adding bleachers in 2018, so that’s nice.

    Price is a little high, but you get a lot for that if you value the entertainment. (Register early to save some serious dough.) The highlight for me was a high five from and a picture with Meb at the finish line. He ran his own event for fun, but stood out there for hours congratulating finishers. Such a gracious ambassador for the sport. Katherine was there also, but I didn’t run into her.

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    Katie_Ho Jan 10, 2018 at 5:34pm

    Thanks for the awesome review, and congrats on the PR! And how cool that you got a picture with Meb – sounds like a well-done event all-around.

    Thanks for the awesome review, and congrats on the PR! And how cool that you got a picture with Meb – sounds like a well-done event all-around.

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    jen4465 Dec 22, 2017 at 5:33pm

    I forgot to mention that all of the hills were in the last 3 miles of the half. There was also a very moving “run to remember” mile lined with… MORE

    I forgot to mention that all of the hills were in the last 3 miles of the half. There was also a very moving “run to remember” mile lined with volunteers with American flags and the pictures of fallen soldiers. Very nice. LESS

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    gjramsey REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my third time running RnR San Antonio and on the third different course. This years course started right above the River Walk, went through parts of the downtown … MORE

    This was my third time running RnR San Antonio and on the third different course. This years course started right above the River Walk, went through parts of the downtown area, including in front of the Alamo just after mile 3. Then headed north through the Arts district towards Breckenridge park before heading back towards downtown. I enjoyed the route much this year, compared to the other two years. A couple nasty hills between mile 10 and 11 made for a nice challenge. Finish line area and festival was a couple blocks from the start line, and easy walking distance for everyone staying in the downtown area.

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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great event. I ran the 10K the previous day so this is my second day of running. We stayed downtown so we were five minutes from the expo, five minutes … MORE

    Great event. I ran the 10K the previous day so this is my second day of running. We stayed downtown so we were five minutes from the expo, five minutes from the start line, and five minutes from the finish line (walking time). Great location. The expo was your standard expo to pickup bib, tshirt, and various vendors onsite.
    This was a multi distance event both a fill and half marathon this morning. I ran the half. They had a corral start and held each corral about one minute apart from the other. I thought it was a good course, mostly flat through the first 9 to 10 miles then the last few miles had some hills that you had to navigate. Of course it being a RNR there were lots of bands and music along the course and lots of things to see, buildings, parks, blue mile, good crowd support, and great volunteers. This was one of the better events i have run.
    The finish line area was good. pIck up your medal, pose for a photo or two, get some drinks, snacks, cool down and pickup your challenge medal if you ran two races that weekend, then hang out if you wish. Awesome event, great location, i would run this one again if I am looking for one to run next year around this time.

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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is my third Rock N Roll weekend event. I kind of knew what to expect. I had previously run two events in Dallas and this one in San Antonio … MORE

    This is my third Rock N Roll weekend event. I kind of knew what to expect. I had previously run two events in Dallas and this one in San Antonio is my favorite.
    I registered a year ago when the price is the lowest.
    This was a destination run so i stayed at one of the hotels listed on the RNR website. I am happy that I did in that everything was within a short walk from the room.
    Packet pickup was at the convention center – just a short five minute walk from the hotel. The typical expo, pickup your bib, shirts, and bag. Various vendors are there selling their running goods of course. As far as expos, it wasnt too large, but i think expos have been shrinking over the last few years. They did have lots packed into the space so it felt really crowded.
    I registered for the 10K on Saturday and the half on Sunday (another post).
    10K race day – once again the start line was about a ten minute walk from the hotel. We arrived about twenty minutes before start time. Of course music was playing, the crowd was there waiting. They had a corral start and held each corral for about a minute between starts. But the corral system is pretty much the honor system. You do have a corral assignment on your bib but that was set by you when you put in your predicted finish time and even then there is no one there to make sure you get into the correct corral nor anything to keep you from moving to another corral. No real big deal other than when others with lower corral assignments push past you to get in front. I am not a running snob, it just makes things easier if everyone would run in their pace group. Never fun having to dodge people walking in the first half mile knowing they started in front of you.
    Both the 5K and 10K started at the same time with the same start line and same finish line.
    So the start area was nice, pretty buildings and area, once you start and then after a turn or two you end up running down an access road by the highway and around a few other not so pretty areas and then finish down by the Alamo area. So at times the course is scenic. The course (10K) was flat, good course if you are looking to fly. There were several bands at various locations along the route as well as speakers playing music s there are at all RNR events. The volunteer support was awesome. The crowd support for most of the run did not exist. At the finish there were more crowds. The finish area was just past the Alamo. When you finish you get your medal, water, sports drinks, and some snacks. There were also a few vendors onsite handing out stuff.
    I really liked this event. If i were to find any negatives, i had two issues.
    At one point we were stopped by a local peace officer so he could let four cars cross the road? I did not understand this at all. That was about 30 seconds. This was in the final half mile. I was surrounded by walkers but i was running at about a 7:30 pace at the time. But whatever, never have been stopped on course before but no biggie, I was not fighting for a podium finish but if i was, i might of been upset. The other issue is the 10K joins back with the 5K with about a mile to go and this is a mess. I turned the corner to see a street full of walkers and i had to spend most of the last mile weaving in and out of others. I am not sure what can be done, maybe put cones in the street and keep 5K on one side and 10K on the other? They did do this for the last quarter mile or so because of the split finish line but earlier would of been nice. I really am not complaining but just letting you know that if you do the 10K you will meet backup with the 5K towards the end and have to navigate through them.
    Overally, great event. Great location.

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