Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

on Monday, June 1, 2009

The only full marathon in San Diego was designed to be entertaining for the participants and the spectators. Twenty-six stages planted across the course will feature 42 bands throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

The run is a people-watcher's dream. About 165,000 spectators typically watch the race, which begins on the west side of Balboa Park and meanders through downtown before cutting through Mission Valley and around Mission Bay. The race ends at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Some 40 cheerleading squads will be in costume and have themed floats as part of a local competition. But often it's the runners who amuse the observers. Event planner Kari Logan said the race often attracts several Running Elvises, and one year there was a runner who carried a surfboard the entire trip. Descriptions of some of the runners' outfits are better left out of a family newspaper.

Winner, courtesy of

Khalid El Boumlili, the first Moroccan to win a Rock 'N' Roll Marathon has won in San Diego, with a time of 2:11:13. Samuel Mugo of Kenya finished with a time of 2:12:34.

Yulia Gromova won the womens division with a time 2:27:36, beating her 2008 winning marathon time of 2:28:23. Hellen Kimutai, finished in 2nd place for the womens division, with a time of 2:29:32. A better time than her #1 winning 2007 finish time of 2:32:40, but not enough to take 1st place on 2009. elite marathon runner, Nuta Olaru of Romania, finished 3rd for the womens division.


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