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The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is right around the corner!


Three SDM staffers are running the Half on Sunday. They went to the Expo this morning with some of the other runners and got pumped.

If you're a local considering watching the marathon, here are 10 things you didn't know about the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (just to get you pumped, too!):

1) With over 40 live bands and hundreds of cheerleaders, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon makes it fun for spectators. But it's always been popular with runners: in 1998, the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon lured 19,979 entrants, making it the largest inaugural marathon in history.

2) Elvis Presley once crooned, “Well you may run on for a long time…run on for a long time.” At the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego race, around 50 Elvi run on for a long time every year.

3) In 2008, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon set a world record for the largest number of “Running Elvi.” How many, you ask? 157.

4) These Elvi sometimes carry rings with them and pursue “I Do’s.” As if running wasn’t effort enough, they also try their hand at romance. The record number of proposals over 26.2 miles? 12.

5) But it’s not all fun ‘n’ games...Over the series’ 15-year history, 75,000 charity runners have raised more than $249 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations.

6) In the race’s third year, a group of about 50 marathoners ran and sang for three solid miles. Talk about impressive multitasking, not to mention stellar lung capacity!

7) Little would be possible or probable without volunteers. Over the past 15 years, approximately 45,000 volunteers have made spectators smile, offered their own shoelaces and hats to nervous runners in Start Line corrals, and even manually hauled Port-O-Potties to their proper locations.

8) Phone it in! Since 2005, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon spectators have used their phones to track the progress of participants along the race course and receive race coverage updates through text messaging.  

9) Celebrity founders have ran the gamut from NBA star Wilt Chamberlain to filmmaker Frank Marshall, whose credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Sixth Sense.

10) Are you the tortoise or the hare? If you answered “tortoise,” then this tempting tidbit might speed up your pace: In 1998, the first place marathon winners enjoyed a $10,000 cash prize and four products from title sponsor Suzuki.

Good luck out there, runners!

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