Hey Hampton Roads, get involved and get ready for the Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon!
The Rock’n’Roll Marathon series is excited about making it’s annual stop in Virginia Beach. We are celebrating 15 years in our city over Labor Day weekend. So we have everything you need to know about this exciting half marathon!
The Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is a family affair for all ages and levels of fitness. And for music enthusiasts as well! This 3-day music festival also includes a health and fitness expo, 1-mile sand run, 5k, and half marathon.
Getting Started For The Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon
Kick things off for the Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon on Friday afternoon. Start with a visit to the health and fitness expo inside the Virginia Beach Convention center. Get your last minute supplies and make cheer signs there. Alsodon’t miss your chance to talk to the vendors. They are selling everything from sunglasses to shoes. So if you don’t have an outfit planned out, yet, you can definitely find everything you need at the expo!
If you are new to running or enjoy the thrill of racing 3.1 miles, the shorter 5k option is perfect for you. This oceanfront run takes place Saturday morning. So it is leaving the half til Sunday, which means if you wanted two days of racing you got it! This run begins on 21st street. Hence, you will enjoy cruising down Atlantic Ave and winding back and forth on the boardwalk before finishing on 13th street.
Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon Course
The half marathon course is a flat course. Hence, it provides a fun experience for runners, walkers, and spectators alike. With various local bands spread throughout the route, you are sure to get a sense of what the beach life is all about. The Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon is a point to point race. So it starts and stops at different locations. The course begins at 14th street and takes you through a tour of the town, making it’s way south towards Croatan and through Camp Pendelton.
Be sure to thank those rowdy spectators! Their energy will make it feel more like a morning block party than a race. Some may even provide you with a cold beverage of your choice. These Virginia Beach residents line the streets of their neighborhoods each year. They also toast and cheer on runners, welcoming them into the local Virginia Beach fitness scene.
However, feel free to stop and take in the fabulous inlet view from atop the Rudee Bridge on your way back to the boardwalk. You may also want to grab a selfie before you tackle the last leg of the half marathon, #RNRVIRGINIABEACH.
Where To Cheer On Your Friends Running the Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon!
Taking a spectator view this year at Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon? There are a couple of viewing spots where you can catch your favorite runners pass by twice during their 13.1 mile journey, for example:
- 6th Street between Pacific and Atlantic, Approximately Mile 3 and Mile 12.3
- General Booth and S Birdneck at Median, Approximately Mile 5 and Mile 10.3
There is a 4-hour course limit for the half marathon. Hence, athletes of all levels can enjoy the 13.1-mile trek. It also lets spectators cheer for a huge variety of runners, from the elite athletes to casual walkers.
Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon Post-Party Wrap-Up
Be sure to take part in the post-race beach party and celebratory concert Sunday night as well. Kick your shoes off! Hit the sand and jam to the sounds of this year’s headliner, ZZ Top. Even if you’re not running or walking this year, you can still enjoy the beachfront concert.
What’s your favorite part of the Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon? Are you watching or running it this year? Share your comments below or with friends and family on FamilyApp!
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