United Airlines Rock ‘N’ Roll Running Series San Jose Welcomes Over 8,000 Registered Participants to The Largest Running Block Party in Speed City, USA

October 9, 2022

Justin Kent (Burnaby, B.C.) and Jennifer Bergman (Boulder, Colo.) victorious in United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Jose Half Marathon

SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 9, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series returned to the streets of Speed City, USA as the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series San Jose event weekend saw over 8,000 registered participants and featured 5K and KiDS ROCK races on Saturday along with a half marathon and 10K on Sunday.

The half marathon race saw Justin Kent, 30, of Burnaby, B.C., Canada pull out the win in the men’s competition with a time of 1:02:48, while the women’s title went to Jennifer Bergman, 30, of Boulder, Colo. with a time of 1:12:50.

Using his victory today, Kent has launched himself to the top of the male leaderboard in the Rock ‘n’ Roll EliteTM half marathon series and has staked his claim as the man to beat as the series enters the home stretch.

“Feels pretty phenomenal to win. I’m pretty psyched,” said Kent. “It was such a close finish and the race is kind of a blur right now. I loved the course. It’s my first time ever in San Jose and it is such a cool way to see the area and have a unique experience in the city.”

Having grown up in San Jose, Bergman made a return to her hometown and was rewarded with a victory.

“It was tough and I had to hold on the last few miles. I feel like I just barely won, but it was really fun,” said Bergman. “This is my second time running this race and it is always just so fun and energetic. The start and the finish are just so high energy.”

In the men’s half marathon, Filmon Ande, 24, of Eritrea followed very closely behind in second with a time of 1:02:51 while Dominic Korir, 29, of Kenya was hot on the tail of the top two and rounded out the podium in third with a time of 1:03:02.

In the women’s half marathon, Maya Weigel, 27, of Los Altos, Calif. crossed the finish line in second with a time of 1:12:55 and Jane Bareikis, 28, of Crestwood, Ill. came in close behind and completed the podium in third with a time of 1:13:09.

With her third-place finish, Bareikis was able to extend her lead atop the female leaderboard for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Elite half marathon series.

The United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Jose featured one of the most competitive elite fields to date for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Elite™ half marathon series, which launched in February and aims to offer world-class runners the opportunity to showcase their talents and profile on a consistent series wide scale. Elite runners from around the world competed for a share of the $10,000 prize purse as well as points toward the Elite Beat Rankings (EBR), earning the opportunity to compete for the bonus pool in the grand finale at the 2023 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Las Vegas.

Bringing Fun to the Run® in San Jose, the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Jose was more than just elite runners as it invited all participants to take in a gorgeous foot tour with live music and entertainment along the route. Runners and walkers received a running tour of Santa Clara Valley that started on Market Street, ran past the SAP Center, through the Rose Garden District and highlighted downtown San Jose before finishing at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, where they were greeted by family, friends, and spectators before joining the crowd to enjoy the sounds of Wonder Bread 5 taking the stage as the Encore Entertainment.

Upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Events:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series is scheduled to continue December 3 & 4 with the Certified Piedmontese Beef Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas before heading to Tempe, Arizona for Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Arizona on January 14 & 15, 2023 to begin the celebrations of 25 Years Running for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series. To see the full schedule of Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series events, visit www.runrocknroll.com/all-events.

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series, please visit RunRocknRoll.com. Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series media inquiries may be directed to press@runrocknroll.com.

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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series is the world’s largest running series taking part in destination locations around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running 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. Focused on running, music and community, 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 Encore Entertainment experience featuring eclectic musical artists from a variety of genres. With a goal of helping participants find the Beat in Their Feet™, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series has also featured some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R., Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls, Bret Michaels, Kesha, The Revivalists, Hunter Hayes, Capital Cities, and Matt Nathanson. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.

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