Racers take off as the Rock 'n' Roll marathon begins.
Racers take off at the start of the 2018 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Antonio. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

The annual San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series will unite thousands of runners over the weekend, prompting street closures across town. 

Links to all the road closures, along with the times they’re expected to reopen, are below for the 5K and 10K on Saturday and the marathon and half marathon on Sunday. There are many, and they reopen at various times — so you can either steer clear, or set up along the route to cheer the runners on.

Saturday’s road closures

Sunday’s road closures

Race organizers recommend using the free Waze traffic app over the weekend, which will show closures in real time.

The closures will affect VIA bus routes. More information can be found on the VIA website; riders can also call 210-362-2020 for help planning alternate routes.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is part of the largest running series across the world with the goal of making running fun. The marathons are known for infusing live music, bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations in the form of a block-party atmosphere for participants. The marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

A Health and Fitness Expo Friday afternoon and all day Saturday is open to the public at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, featuring the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information. Runners must pick up their race number, gear bag and t-shirt at the expo before the races. 

The routes are different this year. The marathon will start downtown at City Hall, head up Broadway, along Brackenridge Park, then through Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

The half-marathon course will then head back downtown, while the marathon course will veer east and then southeast before taking runners back downtown. The finish line to both races is in front of UTSA’s downtown campus, and the encore entertainment, the band Ozomatli, will play at Bill Miller Plaza.

Roads will close beginning at 5 a.m. on both days, according to race organizers, with races beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, roads begin to open up at 9 a.m., according to organizers, and should be completely open by 11:45 a.m., except Navarro Street from E. Travis to E. Pecan streets, which will stay closed until 1 p.m.

On Sunday, some roads will re-open as early as 8:45 a.m. The street along the finish line, South Pecos la Trinidad, from Cesar Chavez Boulevard to Dolorosa Street, will remain closed until 6 p.m.

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Raquel Torres

Raquel Torres is the San Antonio Report's breaking news reporter. She previously worked at the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is a 2020 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.