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Overall Rating (42 Reviews)
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The Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon kicks off in one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Not surprisingly, a ton of fun and excitement is in store for this historic race, an event that changed the face of running forever and put … MORE
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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    If you're able to make sure you do the Remix Challenge of the 5K on Saturday morning and the half or full on Sunday. Hotels and parking can be a … MORE

    If you’re able to make sure you do the Remix Challenge of the 5K on Saturday morning and the half or full on Sunday. Hotels and parking can be a bit expansive in San Diego so plan to room/cost share if you can. I’m not 100% sure but this 2018 course felt less scenic to me than past years. I’m not sure if the course had been changed or not but it wasn’t as pretty as I remember it in the past. Large race and takes a few miles for the crowds to die down. This year was the first year since I’ve been running it (about 5 years in a row) that the full and half marathon started together. So I’m sure this added to the congestion.

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    runwalksarah REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Having run Rock 'n' Roll San Diego as a full 5 times, I am completely done with running on the 163 Freeway. I absolutely hate the current full course. This … MORE

    Having run Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego as a full 5 times, I am completely done with running on the 163 Freeway. I absolutely hate the current full course. This year I decided to run the half marathon and really enjoyed it. This was only my second time running this race as a half and first time running the current half course. While you can pick up your packet on race morning for the Saturday 5k, you must attend the expo on Friday or Saturday to pick up your packet for the half or full on Sunday. My running partner and I pre-purchased parking near the finish line and took the bus to the start. I like to arrive to the buses early as I hear the lines can get very long. Like other years, the race started at Balboa Park. I really enjoyed the course. There were some uphill portions, but the nice long downhill is what stands out in my memory. The community came out to support the race and the bands were entertaining. I was having fun the entire time and the race went by very quickly. The finish line was at Waterfront Park, which is by the ocean. If you ran the 5k on Saturday and the half or full on Sunday, you receive the Remix Challenge Medal. Unfortunately they got rid of the finisher jackets for the full marathoners. I had left the area by the time the news of the possible active shooter broke out. The incident turned out to be unrelated to the race, but police and race officials didn’t take any chances. From what I have heard, the situation was handled very well by.

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    regadunn FIRST-TIMER '18

    I found this to be a very difficult course -- especially miles 22-25 which are a gradual uphill. I thought this course was tougher than The San Francisco Marathon. The … MORE

    I found this to be a very difficult course — especially miles 22-25 which are a gradual uphill. I thought this course was tougher than The San Francisco Marathon. The volunteers were great and the race was very well organized.

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    cheryldoubledee FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first marathon, and I couldn’t have chosen a better company to produce it than Rock ‘n’ Roll run! Tons of aid stations, great bands, and generally fantastic … MORE

    This was my first marathon, and I couldn’t have chosen a better company to produce it than Rock ‘n’ Roll run! Tons of aid stations, great bands, and generally fantastic support! The course was difficult, with lots of rolling hills and a nasty section of freeway, but overall it was fun. My only complaint is that finishers jackets could be purchased before the race, but when I chose to wait to make sure I finished, none were available at the finish festival, where they were supposed to have been. I was told I would be able to purchase one online, which was not true! So, I never got to buy the finishers jacket for my first marathon. Other than that, this was a fantastic experience

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    cdmauger REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon is one of my favorite races, for several reasons. I'm a big fan of the RnR series in general, and the overall atmosphere … MORE

    Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon is one of my favorite races, for several reasons. I’m a big fan of the RnR series in general, and the overall atmosphere for the weekend was top-notch. My wife ran the 5K on Saturday and I ran the half on Sunday. Boston Marathon champions Meb Keflezighi and Des Linden were on hand both days, making appearances at the expo and the 5K, and serving as pacers for the half marathon. As far as the half marathon goes, it’s not a difficult course at all, with only a few short uphills, but long stretches of downhill (including most of the last four miles). The course includes a stretch through business and main roads, parts that go through quiet residential neighborhoods, a segment through the park, and finishes up in downtown. My only beef is with this year’s decision by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon folks to make every race’s medal and shirt the same design . . . the medal is ok, but in my opinion the shirt is terrible. However, the merch on sale at the expo is really nice. Which might be the whole plan, now that I think about it. Anyway, Rock ‘n’ Roll SD is a great race, particularly for out-of-towners. One of the best!

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was a fun little 5K. You are able to pick up your 5k bib and t-shirt the morning of the race. Plenty of parking. Depending on where you park … MORE

    This was a fun little 5K. You are able to pick up your 5k bib and t-shirt the morning of the race. Plenty of parking. Depending on where you park it can be about a 20 min walk to the start line. If you do this 5K and the half or full on Sunday you earn the Remix medal 🙂

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    bperkins REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Sign up early and this is one of the best races in San Diego. Not too difficult. Great fan support. Lot's of opportunity to spend money (parking, swag, pictures, engravings, … MORE

    Sign up early and this is one of the best races in San Diego. Not too difficult. Great fan support. Lot’s of opportunity to spend money (parking, swag, pictures, engravings, etc, etc). However, finish line location w/music is great. Purchase your registration early and use the metro for transport and this is a good value race. You really don’t get to see the San Diego’s best locations, but its still “San Diego”. HM has a generous dose of elevation so not a PR course, in my opinion. I may consider the Full in 2019.

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    KimberlyEck FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was the first Rock 'N' Roll race I've run and the atmosphere was "rockin" (yes, pun intended)! It was hot, sunny and the course did not provide any areas … MORE

    This was the first Rock ‘N’ Roll race I’ve run and the atmosphere was “rockin” (yes, pun intended)! It was hot, sunny and the course did not provide any areas of shade, which made it pretty difficult. There was also a fair share of hills. I do wish it went through more scenic parts of San Diego, but it was still a nice course. The water stations were well stocked and there were bathrooms all along the course. At the end of the race, the snacks and drinks provided were wonderful! Will most likely run this again in 2019! 🙂

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    mkjeung FIRST-TIMER '08

    The San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon has good organization, good music and pretty nice scenery through parks, nice neighborhoods and along the ocean. It was the first large marathon … MORE

    The San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon has good organization, good music and pretty nice scenery through parks, nice neighborhoods and along the ocean. It was the first large marathon (> 5000 runners) I ran and the event seemed to run smoothly with alot of non-serious runners doing the marathon. As a warning, the year I ran it was very warm 2 hours into the race (> 70F) and might have been approaching 80F when I finished, so the heat could make it a tough race. Also, the race shirts were cotton and not tech shirts, so that could have been better.

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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '03

    I was not feeling well, but excited to run this race. Everything was ok. The roads banked which was hard on my knees, but what was awful was the post … MORE

    I was not feeling well, but excited to run this race. Everything was ok. The roads banked which was hard on my knees, but what was awful was the post race fiasco. There were lines that were at least 100 people long waiting for busses. I ended up having to walk the 3 miles back to my hotel….very difficult.

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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The June gloom is great for running. This was a very scenic route and was a really nice race. I would definitely run this one again. Always nice to run … MORE

    The June gloom is great for running. This was a very scenic route and was a really nice race. I would definitely run this one again. Always nice to run in San Diego.

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    bayna6 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    It was cool and overcast as the race started, perfect running weather. There were a ton of people and everyone was very considerate of each other. It was a very … MORE

    It was cool and overcast as the race started, perfect running weather. There were a ton of people and everyone was very considerate of each other. It was a very pretty run. I ran the full in 2001 and liked it enough to come back and do the half.

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    rrusso6 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first marathon. I kind of hated it because it was so hilly!!! I do not come from a place with hills (or elevation!) so it was rough. … MORE

    This was my first marathon. I kind of hated it because it was so hilly!!! I do not come from a place with hills (or elevation!) so it was rough. The stretch of interstate sucked too because it was so hot and was made worse with the asphalt. I never wanted to run again after that lol. Some of the sites were nice, but the neighborhoods and parking lot areas were very unmotivating.

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    rodrobey FIRST-TIMER '17

    The hill on the 163 at mile 22-25 will be hell on your joints because of the left to rt lean and then the rt to let lean. The course … MORE

    The hill on the 163 at mile 22-25 will be hell on your joints because of the left to rt lean and then the rt to let lean.
    The course support is excellent as is the enthusiasm of the locals

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    Many participants, great if you like running with others. The course is fairly easy, with some uphills towards the finish. I didn't like the fact the marathon course was on … MORE

    Many participants, great if you like running with others. The course is fairly easy, with some uphills towards the finish. I didn’t like the fact the marathon course was on the highway for the last 5 Miles. Nice finish line festivities, and many motivators along the course!

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    amandasava REPEAT RUNNER '17

    If you're going to run a Rock n Roll race - this is the one to do! All the RnR races are well produced, good bling and shirts, the expos … MORE

    If you’re going to run a Rock n Roll race – this is the one to do!

    All the RnR races are well produced, good bling and shirts, the expos are good (plenty to look at and buy), and the challenge bling is always fun (city to city and multiple race). You won’t be disappointed.

    The reason that this is the best (and I only have the 4 California races to compare to) is the fun factor. San Diego is a great spot for a “racecation”, the course is a great tour through the city, the residents are super nice and great cheerleaders, and there seems to be the most on course entertainment.

    San Diego is RnRs flagship race so it makes sense that it’s the best!

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    OCSCFan FIRST-TIMER '17

    The SD RnR is supposed to be fast course and it was. From the course map, the course is flat or downhill after mile 5 or so. But during the … MORE

    The SD RnR is supposed to be fast course and it was. From the course map, the course is flat or downhill after mile 5 or so. But during the race, there were so many times I thought to myself this must be the last hill only to see another one later. Even though the hills are nothing more than speed bumps in reality, they seemed and felt a lot more difficult given I wasn’t expecting them and that I was running harder thinking it was all downhill.

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    ksantana8613 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I don't run in events often, but when I do I run Rock and Roll San Diego. There is a very enthusiastic crowd cheering every runner on which personally makes … MORE

    I don’t run in events often, but when I do I run Rock and Roll San Diego. There is a very enthusiastic crowd cheering every runner on which personally makes me feel like a winner everytime.
    The views are beautiful ranging from green areas through Balboa Park to the city streets down town (that’s just during the half marathon). Several bands play live music throughout the run with a headliner at the finish line festival which is a great motivator to complete the race sooner than later. The hills are challenging mainly because my training area is primarily flat. The only thing I would change is the material of the free shirt given when you register. but other than the material of the shirt, the race medal and tshirt design really represents the location and/or theme of the race.

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    bperkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    20K+ people in downtown San Diego required a good bit of planning. The transporation logisitcs were a bit stressful but worked out OK. Recommend early UBER to Start and trolley … MORE

    20K+ people in downtown San Diego required a good bit of planning. The transporation logisitcs were a bit stressful but worked out OK. Recommend early UBER to Start and trolley North to Stadium or Old Town. Nice festival, great fans and participation. Don’t expect to really see the beauty of San Diego. Easy course with a nice downhill final 5K.

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    fabe46 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great bands along with other course entertainment. In addition to the bands hired, you will also have people who independently set up their instruments and play or set up their … MORE

    Great bands along with other course entertainment. In addition to the bands hired, you will also have people who independently set up their instruments and play or set up their stereos outside. The energy from neighborhoods embracing the run and coming out to their front yards make this run super fun. Although there is a few tougher up hills, you can PR on this course if you have trained and prepared. There is downhill that has you moving faster than you might be comfortable with. I found myself trying to slow down. Better expo and post race area then others I’ve experienced. Weather felt just right that day.

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