Friends encourage runners during the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in King William. Photo by Iris Dimmick.
Friends encourage runners during the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in King William. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Many of downtown San Antonio’s major streets and thoroughfares will be closed this Saturday and Sunday for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon. Drivers are advised to avoid the downtown areas or hop on a bike or B-cycle to traverse the inner city during race times this weekend.

A health and fitness expo at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will open the seventh local edition of the national marathon series on Friday. Visit the local marathon’s website to view specific road closure locations and times.

The new 10K Marathon begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Alamodome on Cherry Street. The course runs north and hooks west to the finish line at Alamo Plaza. Meb Keflezighi, Boston Marathon champion, will lead a group running 7 minutes and 30 seconds per mile.

There will be no shuttle services provided for runners or spectators, but runners can be dropped off or drive and park at various downtown parking garages about a mile from the start and finish lines.

rock n roll marathon Saturday 10k 2014 course map
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Sunday morning is packed with routes of various lengths for runners and cyclists stretching from Brackenridge Park to San Jose Burial Park. Events include a wheelchair invitational, a two-person half marathon relay, a 5K, a half marathon and the full marathon. Click here for more information about the relay and here for more information about the bike tour.

The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Commerce Street between Iowa and Cherry streets finishing at the Pearl, where there will be a post-race block party with live music to celebrate with family and friends beyond the finish line. A free one-way shuttle will be offered from the 5K finish line to the Alamodome.

Rock n roll marathon route map sunday dec. 7
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The Half Marathon also begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Commerce Street between Iowa and Cherry streets, winding up past the Pearl Brewery to Tuleta Drive then plunging south along Main Avenue through King William, finishing at the Alamodome.

The Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and follows the same route as the Half Marathon course, but it continues past Lone Star Boulevard and down Steves and Roosevelt avenues all the way south to Mission Parkway. Then it’s back up to the Alamodome to the Finish Line Festival and post-marathon concert headlined by Everclear. Watch for traffic on the near Eastside around 11:30 a.m. when they take the stage. Admission is free and open to the public.

There will be limited transportation options available to runners and spectators. Race coordinators recommend participants and spectators walk from downtown hotels or use the free shuttle service from the AT&T Center.

*Featured/top image: Friends encourage runners during the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in King William. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

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Katherine Nickas

Katherine Nickas was born in San Antonio near Fort Sam Houston but grew up in southern Indiana. In 2007, she began working for Indiana AgriNews where she covered topics ranging from corn and soybean production...