The RNR San Antonio Races gave almost 20,000 human beings a chance to enjoy a day of movement. On a wonderful day which featured cool weather and then, increasingly warmer weather. This writer observed the half marathon from the pace truck and then watched thousands finish in the half marathon, the top finishers in the marathon finish and I was able to chat with some of the athletes and their families. I then figured out how lucky the athletes were to be in San Antonio today, with the amazing volunteers, staff and local support.
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SAN ANTONIO WELCOMES APPROXIMATELY 20,000 RUNNNERS FOR THE HUMANA ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SAN ANTONIO MARATHON & Â½ MARATHON
- Silas Kipruto of Kenya wins half marathon in 1:04:20 with Sasha Gollish of Canada first for women in 1:13:35
- Brett Morley and Leticia Acosta Perez take top spots in the marathon
- Olympians and Boston Marathon Champions, Des Linden and Meb Keflezighi, take part in half-marathon
- Langhorne Slim & The Law performed for runners and spectators at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – (December 2, 2018) – Approximately 20,000 registered runners from age 12 to 84 took to the streets of the Alamo City this weekend to participate in the 11th running of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Â½ Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of Bringing Fun to the Runâ„¢ with great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds of San Antonio.
In the half marathon, Silas Kipruto (Kenya) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:04:20. Caleb Hoover (Flagstaff, Ariz.) was second with a time of 1:06:31. Fernando Cabada (Lakewood, Colo.) was right behind in third place finishing in 1:06:34. Sasha Gollish (Canada) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:13:35 with Alia Gray (Boulder, Colo.) next behind her at 1:15:38. Two-time Olympian, Kara Goucher (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the podium in 1:15:59.
In the marathon, Brett Morley (Greenville, S.C.) broke the tape as the overall champion finishing in 2:30:41. Daniel Garza (Dearborn, Mich.) finished in second with a time of 2:37:19 as Luis Octavio Gutierrez (Austin, Texas) rounded out the podium in third finishing in 2:39:51. Leticia Acosta Perez (Mexico) was the women’s marathon champion with a final time of 3:03:04. Morgan Mengini (Austin, Texas) took the second-place spot in 3:05:43 and Charmion Freifeld (Washougal, Wash.) finished third in 3:12:58. Marathon finishers were treated to a brand-new red-carpet finish and recovery zone that included massages and catered food.
In true Rock ‘n’ Roll style, some of San Antonio’s best live bands performed 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. It all concluded with a post-race concert by Langhorne Slim & the Law for runners and spectators.
For complete results or for information on 2019 event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/San-Antonio.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon SeriesÂ® is the world’s largest running series 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, Flo Rida, 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.
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