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Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
3.6
(24 Ratings)  (24 Reviews)
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Fiesta! Join us over the holidays for the biggest running fiesta in San Antonio! Immerse yourself in a vibrant and prideful city with more than 300 years of history, and get a firsthand view of the city’s most iconic landmarks – including the River Walk, Tower of … MORE
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    shullrd FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was a rough race for me. It was cold and rainy and that affected me both physically and mentally. I’m just glad that I finished. The expo was well … MORE

    This was a rough race for me. It was cold and rainy and that affected me both physically and mentally. I’m just glad that I finished.

    The expo was well organized, as always. There were more vendors than at other Rock N Roll runs we’ve done. The atmosphere was fun and festive.

    Race day itself was less clean. The biggest issue I had was the lack of portapotties. The first stop had two for everyone and a huge line formed. Later stops were a bit better, but more were needed at the beginning before people started thinning out. This set me way behind and set the tone for the rest of the race.

    I’d have enjoyed more music along the course. This is what the Rock N Roll races are known for. What they had thought was fun.

    The most impactful part of this course was the section honoring fallen soldiers. It was emotional and special. I am glad I had the opportunity to be part of it.

    Course support was enthusiastic. I’d definitely try this one again… and just hope for better weather.

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    ml.blair FIRST-TIMER '22

    Best parts of the race were the Blue Mile (end of mile 3-mid 4) where soldiers who died in battle are remembered with signs, flags, and TONS of spectators and … MORE

    Best parts of the race were the Blue Mile (end of mile 3-mid 4) where soldiers who died in battle are remembered with signs, flags, and TONS of spectators and the 3 miles (mile 5.5 – 8.5) through Fort Sam where military spectators and bands are awesome. Other highlights included mariachi bands and ladies dancing in Hiulipe skirts.

    Expo, 5k/10k starting and finishing lines, and half/full starting and finishing lines are all within about 1.5 miles of each other. Plenty of hotels are in the similar vicinity. Rock n Roll Running Series is a big production company, so you can count on plenty of aid/water stations, port-a-potties and post race activities.

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    M-Hall FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first large scale marathon/half marathon. There were 1,473 marathon finishers and 7,894 half finishers. Both lengths started together at 7:15 with rolling wave starts, seemed to work … MORE

    This was my first large scale marathon/half marathon. There were 1,473 marathon finishers and 7,894 half finishers. Both lengths started together at 7:15 with rolling wave starts, seemed to work well for me but next time I will wait to start my watch, it wanted to go to energy save at least twice. I enjoyed standing around before the start, with that many people eager to run.
    Both lengths shared the same route for 11 miles, the old downtown sections mainly, north of the freeway. Then the marathon went thru older residential areas and a nice greenway south of the freeway. The weather was warm, 69 at the start and mid 70s by noon, but fortunately there was a morning fog type cloud cover that really helped keep the heat off.
    This seemed like a post Covid effort with the RnR folks on their way back but understandably not there yet. But there were bands and water stations every mile it seemed like, and to me that was a big change from my previous races of less than 120 marathon finishers, and all I needed.
    It was a very enjoyable time for me, especially since I got to run 11 miles with my daughter who was running the half. The road surfaces were fine, nothing too rough. Course was well marked and shut off from traffic. The start and finish were close enough together. There were plenty of hotels within walking distance to choose from. They even managed to get the shirts for the finish, a huge effort I imagine since they stuck offshore in a ship at one point. Ascent was 823 ft on my watch.
    I had a great time but I liked what I was doing, even though once again the heat slowed me down. This is a very recommendable race.

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    marxbk18 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race could be so much better! It started out with the notification that the shirts would not be available at packet pick up and MAYBE after the race. The … MORE

    This race could be so much better! It started out with the notification that the shirts would not be available at packet pick up and MAYBE after the race. The expo was bare bones. I have been to better ones at local races. This is a big time running company. It should be better. Moving to race day- I never rank down for weather but it was hot and humid. I have been at races not this bad that we’re yellow and red flagged but there was no safety communication outside a text a few days early saying it would be hot. The race started late. It was supposed to start at 7:15. I had to move up a few corrals because I was placed in the final corral even though I submitted a time to be placed much better. I finally started at 7:55. They were using a rolling start and sending runners off 12 at a time. That’s ok but let runners know they don’t need to show up at a normal early time. San Antonio is a beautiful city but we didn’t run through any of the interesting parts of it. The best part was the blue mile (mile 6) where the soldiers who died in battle were remembered. Also, San Antonio is hilly. After the race we got our shirts (most of us as they ran out). They were basic black with white ink. Again, I have gotten much better shirts at local races with smaller budgets. The medal was a typical Rock ‘n’ Roll medal. It’s nice but smaller. Rock ‘n’ Roll has gone down tremendously in production value. The crew at the start showed no emotion and the announcer was absent at the finish. It also looked like they had a few water stops that ran out at various spots on course. I’m a mid pack runner so I feel bad for those in the back. The volunteers were amazing though. I love the city and it was a great place ti visit but I won’t be doing this race again.

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    AmySue REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Rock and Roll San Antonio is a nice option to the traditional Jingle Bell Runs of December. There are a variety of distances and the unique culture and music of … MORE

    Rock and Roll San Antonio is a nice option to the traditional Jingle Bell Runs of December. There are a variety of distances and the unique culture and music of San Antonio is present throughout the course and race. Mild temperatures, flat course make for a fast day. Unfortunately the course is visually uninteresting-it needs more historic sites like the Alamo or the San Antonio missions. Still San Antonio is a fun weekend with delicious Mexican food, the beauty of the downtown River Walk decorated for Christmas, and family activities (Sea World, Six Flags) on a non-run day. Rock and Roll Series are well-run races with plenty of water stops, port-a-potties, and post-race festivities.

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    runnerd26.2 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I remember it was a typical Rock n Roll marathon with good music. It was pretty flat and I think I set a PR there at the time I wasn't … MORE

    I remember it was a typical Rock n Roll marathon with good music. It was pretty flat and I think I set a PR there at the time I wasn’t running my fastest.

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    hmgrowntxn REPEAT RUNNER '19

    They changed the route from the last time I had run this race and this added quite a few steep hills which I was not ready for. Heard a lot … MORE

    They changed the route from the last time I had run this race and this added quite a few steep hills which I was not ready for. Heard a lot of comments during the route of disgruntled individuals especially specifically on one particular hill near Fort Sam Houston area.
    There were some nice scenic areas though through parks and neighborhoods and enjoyed the part where we ran face to face with runners on a turnaround area, giving high fives, smiles and the “man” nod to those able to participate.
    Looking forward to 2021’s and personally just hope they go back to the route they ran in 2014.

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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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