Runners line up at the starting line. Photo by Matthew Busch.
Runners line up at the starting line before the 2015 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. Credit: Matthew Busch for the San Antonio Report

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half-Marathon organizers announced Wednesday that runners will be taking a faster and flatter route through the urban core in 2016.

The Alamodome has hosted the start and finish lines since the inaugural event in 2008, but this December it will pass more of the City’s historical landmarks, giving visitors and residents alike a better taste of what San Antonio has to offer.

“After months of planning with our partners in San Antonio, we are thrilled to unveil this new course,” Course Director David Benjes stated in a news release. “The goal was to create a fast and flat course highlighting the best of San Antonio and we are proud of the result.”

San Antonio Triathlete coach Mack Williams ran in the marathon for the past four or five years and said he didn’t find old course too hilly or challenging. Regardless, he doesn’t expect that many in the community will be opposed to the changes.

“The running community is growing and, to appease a lot of the recreational runners, making it a flatter course will attract more people,” Williams said. “For people who run 60 or 70 miles a week, a flatter course will just let them run faster.”

The Dec. 3-4 marathons will take runners of all skill levels on routes that pass by the Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral, the San Antonio River Walk and The Pearl. Drivers can still expect delays as there will be dozens of street closures over the weekend.

The 2016 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon will pass more of San Antonio's historical landmarks. To see a more detailed map, click the image.  Map courtesy of Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio.
The 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon will pass more of San Antonio’s historical landmarks. Click image to enlarge. Map courtesy of Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio.

The marathon, half-marathon and 5K races will begin at Presa and Commerce streets and will finish near Hemisfair and La Villita.

The marathon and half-marathon will follow the same route until mile 12 where they will split at Montana and South Cherry streets and the 5K will follow the same route until South Alamo Street and will end at Hemisfair Park.

The 10K will begin on South Cherry Street at the Alamodome and will finish at Alamo Plaza.

For more information on the courses and road closures, click here.

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*Top image: Runners line up at the starting line before the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.  Photo by Matthew Busch. 

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