Posted by: Joe English | June 17, 2008

Races: Rock N Roll Half Marathon announces new course

Virginia Beach, Va. — The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon has rolled out a new course for the 2008 event, set to take place August 31, 2008. The new 13.1-mile half marathon course, still flat and fast due to the local terrain, has been re-designed to and will feature an expanded finish area with shuttles starting earlier on race morning, according to Elite Racing.

“In preparing for the 2008 race, we listened to feedback from the participants, city officials and the local community,” said Peter Douglas, vice president of Elite Racing, Inc., the race organizer. “The runners told us they enjoyed the course, but the finish line area was too constrained for the size of our race. We think people are going to love the new design. The new course has a few more turns, but definitely an improvement from a logistical standpoint and the runners will love the new finish.”

Also announced today, legendary 80s rock band The B-52’s will headline the post-race concert, highlighting the culmination of the Labor Day weekend party vibe. The Rock N Roll Half Marathon is held on the same weekend as the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival and the more than 20,000 runners and walkers can see concerts on a stage right on the beach.

A registered Rock ‘n’ Roll race number gives you full access into all Verizon Wireless American Music Festival concerts throughout the weekend, with a full schedule that also includes Billy Idol on Saturday August 30th.

“Entries for the race have been coming in like crazy and we hope this further encourages people to join us on August 31st,” said Erin Gaul, the event’s general manager.

The new half marathon course is USA Track & Field certified and starts adjacent to the Virginia Beach Convention Center. It will begin with the invitational wheelchair race at 6:40 a.m. The wheelchair start is followed by the women’s invitational at 6:45 a.m., with the men’s invitational and all other participants starting at 7:00 a.m.

The course winds down 19th Street and makes a right on Pacific Ave through the resort area. After a short jaunt down Pacific Avenue, participants will proceed through Camp Pendleton and over the Rudee Inlet Bridge. The course hits mile twelve before runners turn onto the breathtaking oceanfront boardwalk. The run along the boardwalk has been shortened to 11 blocks, allowing for a breezy sprint to the 13th Street finish.

A more expansive runner secure zone will be located at the 13th Street finish line and extend north toward 17th Street, where participants can cool down, refuel with healthy snacks and listen to live music at the finish line festival. The new finish area also provides more beach space for both participants and spectators to stretch out and relax.

A course map in .pdf format is available online at www.rnrvb.com under the “course info” section.

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