Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

By Lawren Wolf (SMBA '11)

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is a series of marathons and half marathons that the Competitor Group Inc., a San Diego based platform media and race event company, puts on throughout the country. These races combine the feel of a rock concert into an endurance event with live music throughout the course and are highlighted by a headlining concert at the finish line. This morning marked the 13th running of the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. The race, which consisted of over 30,000 from all over the world, started on 6th Avenue in front of Balboa Park, passed through PETCO Park and the runners crossed the finish line at SeaWorld.

Ben Fox, an employee of the Competitor Group and a member of the SDSU SMBA ‘09, came to our class about a month ago and asked if any of us wanted to volunteer to work the event as corral captains and a group of twelve of us jumped at the opportunity to help out. The only catch was that we all had to report for duty at 3:30 AM the morning of the race! As corral captains, we were each in charge of smaller groups of volunteers and we all helped to make sure the runners were in their proper corrals and relaxed before their big race. With the music blaring, the first corral of runners was released at 6:15 AM and our volunteers dropped the starting line and let them pass. Within an hour, all 39 corrals had been released and the race was well underway. After helping to clean up the park and break down the starting line area, we were done volunteering and were free to head to SeaWorld to celebrate at the finish line. Overall, it was a great experience!

In addition to over one-third of the class volunteering for the event, a group of five of our classmates actually ran and completed the Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon. Congratulations to Katie Araujo, Alyssa Boyd, Jessica Ceresino, Tana Prosper and Krista Washington!

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