United Airlines Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Brings Fun to the Run in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (April 7, 2019) – Approximately 7,000 registered runners from age 12 to 78 took to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday to participate in the seventh running of the 2019 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of Bringing Fun to the RunTM with great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed taking in the sights of the Bay Area including crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
The best-in-class running event kicked off on Sunday when runners from 48 states and 44 countries, regions, and territories took off in the half marathon at the new start line next to Pier 35. The newly enhanced course took runners through the streets and neighborhoods of the city before a picturesque run over the Golden Gate Bridge and crossing the finish line next to Ghirardelli Square concluding their race in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Weston Strum, 27-year-old from (San Francisco, Cali.) broke the tape as the overall champion in a time of 1:10:38. Grant Johnson (San Francisco, Cali.) finished in second with a time of 1:15:52 as Benny Willers (Daly City, Cali.) rounded out the podium in third finishing in 1:16:46. 35-year-old Phebe Ko (Mill Valley, Cali.) was the women’s half marathon champion with a final time of 1:21:04. Jeannette Mathieu (San Francisco, Cali.) took the second-place spot in 1:22:27 and Larissa Kolasinski (Issaquah, Wash.) finished third in 1:25:12.
Elite runners and fast times aside, Sunday’s event was all about the race experience. Some of the best live bands from around the Bay Area, including Navy Band Southwest’s Destroyers, Super Cassette, and South 46 performed on improved band stages along the route, interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations.
The musically themed road race concluded with the sounds of local favorite Mustache Harbor, who created a soft rock explosion as the headliner for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Concert Series, bringing runners and their families to their feet in celebration of the day’s accomplishments.
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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival and Toyota Concert Series Headliner featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.