26.2-mile and 13.1 mile course will feature new sights and alleviate course elevation; SUBWAY KiDS ROCK will start and finish at Brackenridge Park; 2015 race generated a total economic impact report of $28,563,883
SAN ANTONIO – June 1, 2016 –Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon today announced a revamped marathon and half marathon course for the 2016 event. The course changes were made to create a flatter, faster course and will take runners past new sights including, the San Fernando Cathedral and Mission Concepción. San Antonio’s premier running festival returns the weekend of December 3 – 4, 2016.
“After months of planning with our partners in San Antonio, we are thrilled to unveil this new course,” said David Benjes, Course Director. “The goal was to create a fast and flat course highlighting the best of San Antonio and we are proud of the result. We would like to thank the city for going above and beyond to make this possible and look forward to debuting the new marathon and half marathon routes in December.”
The marathon, half marathon and 5K will start on Presa and Commerce St. and will finish near Hemisfair Park and La Villita. The marathon and half marathon will travel together before splitting at mile 12. Runners will once again experience the historic and scenic sights of San Antonio including, the Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral, University of Texas San Antonio downtown campus, San Antonio River Walk, The Pearl and more. In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.
“This is truly a stunning course,” said Sheryl Sculley, San Antonio City Manager. “Both routes highlight diverse parts of the city and will show runners from all over the world the beauty of San Antonio. This event generates millions of dollars in annual economic impact and we are proud to host this race each year. Let the countdown begin for December!”
Other notable highlights include the updated SUBWAY KiDS ROCK location at Brackenridge Park. The annual children’s race returns on Saturday, December 3 and allows children in first through seventh grade the opportunity to race one-mile while Kindergartners run a half mile. Hundreds of children and their families come out for this race.
“2016 is going to be a big year for San Antonio,” said Russ Bookbinder, President/CEO of San Antonio Sports. “Not only is there a beautiful new course but SUBWAY KiDS ROCK is also returning to Brackenridge Park for the first time in three years. With the San Antonio Zoo and other amenities onsite, Brackenridge Park is an ideal venue for KiDS ROCK participants and their families to spend the morning. We look forward to a great race weekend in December.”
The 2015 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon generated a total economic impact of over $28,563,883 for the local economy, according to an economic impact study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program. The report showed that the event filled 15,330 hotel room nights, producing $1,422,507 in tax revenue and other tourism-related fees collected by local government. The race attracted more than 20,000 registrants from all 50 states and 27 countries throughout race weekend.
The event will once again feature two-days of running with the marathon, half-marathon and 5K on Sunday and the 10K on Saturday. Participants can automatically qualify for the “Remix Challenge” by running the 10K on Saturday and any distance on Sunday and earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals. The 10K starts on Cherry St. at the Alamodome and finishes on Alamo Plaza.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where runners can find the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. The Expo takes place at The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Friday, December 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public.
For more information about Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio or to register for the event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/San-Antonio.
About Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon
The 9th annual Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon will return the weekend of December 3 – 4, 2016. Live bands, cheerleaders and spectators will entertain participants along the scenic course, which starts on Presa St and Commerce St and finishes near Hemisfair Park and La Villita. The race concludes with a finish line festival and post race concert. Runners who complete Saturday’s 10K and any distance on Sunday will earn a special Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. The free Expo is open to the public and will feature the latest in running apparel and nutrition products. For more information about Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/San-Antonio or follow on Twitter @runrocknroll.