WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — An estimated 21,000 runners competed in Saturday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon.
Runners of the 26.2 or 13.1 mile entertainment-themed events were serenaded along the way with different bands and fanfare at each mile.
The marathon in District is the twenty-sixth stop in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, which started in San Diego in 1998. Organizers say the events have spearheaded an active lifestyle movement that provides a healthy, entertainment outlet for people from all walks of life.
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The marathons help raise funds for charity endurance-training programs, such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society® and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The events have raised more than $266 million since they first began in 1998.
After hearing countless bands along the way, runners and their supporters were rewarded at the finish line with a final post-race concert by the Grammy winning rock band Switchfoot. A complete list of bands performing is available on the race’s official website.
“We want the runners to be entertained from beginning to end and we’re thrilled to cap off the day with such a great celebration and a major headliner whose songs will be familiar to many,” said Malain McCormick, the marathon’s event director. “We’re looking forward to an unforgettable race day as we bring the Rock ‘n’ Roll experience to Washington D.C.”
The marathon began and finished at RFK Stadium and is the only marathon to be run entirely in the District. The race route takes runners past Union Station, the National Mall and the White House as well as along the Anacostia River.
Authorities caution drivers in D.C. to expect plenty of road closures, a complete list of which is also available on the race website.