5 Best Things About Rock N Roll Races

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Mar 22

Long time no talk!  It’s been really weird to have such a long hiatus without posting, but I’m back!

I’m still riding the high of the Rock ‘N Roll DC Half Marathon from a couple of weekends ago.  It went beyond my wildest expectations and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to sign up relatively at the last minute!

It’s Tuesday, so I’m linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run!  The theme this week is race shirts.  When I go for my run today, I’ll finally get to wear my new race shirt from RNR DC that is too cute!  But I thought  I’d take this time to talk about the 5 best things about Rock ‘N Roll races!

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5 Best Things About Rock N Roll Races

With the completion of the DC half marathon, I have now completed 4 Rock ‘N Roll races.  My very first half marathon was the Rock ‘N Roll Philly Half Marathon in 2011, which remains to be my best race ever!

In 2014, after some tough challenges with injuries, Rock ‘N Roll Philly marked my triumphant return to running.  I ran the 5K and half marathon that same weekend, the first time I completed such a feat (and probably the last!).

Since then, I’ve been so happy and blessed to be injury-free and create more memories while running more races.  There’s something about the Rock N Roll races apparently that give me a little bit of good luck – and I realized that the DC half was my 7th half marathon!

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to rock ‘n roll in even more cities this year!  Want to join me?  Here’s my list of the 5 best things about Rock N Roll races!

1- They Show You The Best of a City

Running on MLK Drive in 2011

Running on MLK Drive in 2011

I really love the spirit and high energy of Rock ‘N Roll races.  They really take over the city!  Living in Philadelphia, sometimes I take the beauty of my city for granted.  But when I ran the half marathon in 2014, I loved running down the Ben Franklin Parkway and seeing so many people out there cheering us on.

In DC, the half marathon course was one of my favorite things about the race!  I loved being able to see parts of the city that I’ve never explored, and every corner that we turned had so many people in the streets giving their support!  Not only did we run past the monuments, we were able to go through some really cool neighborhoods and have great scenery the entire way.

2 – They Are Extremely Well Organized

Picking up race materials at the DC Armory

Picking up race materials at the DC Armory

The Rock ‘N Roll brand puts on a really great race and you can rely on its consistency from location to location.  I have to be honest – I’ve run many races over the years that were frustrating because of the lack of attention to detail:  the mile markers weren’t accurate, the water stations were poorly stocked, bib pickup was stressful.

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But RNR is extremely organized!  They sent several emails full of important details leading up to the race.  Everything that you needed to know was on their race website and easy to print out to take with you.  When you run a race in a new city, these types of details really matter!

And it was almost instant when we received our race results and photos after the race.  I couldn’t believe they were ready so quickly!  I really didn’t have to worry about a thing, and I appreciated it.

3 – The Medals are Gorgeous

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I really love all of the finisher medals that I’ve been able to receive from Rock ‘N Roll over the years.  The latest from DC has to be one of my favorite medals of all time!

So if you’re all about bling, Rock ‘N Roll was made for you!  Not only do they have gorgeous finisher’s medals, they have Remix medals, Limited Edition Medals, and Heavy Medals that you earn for running multiple races within the same weekend, the same region, or around the world!

4 – You Get High-Quality Race Shirts

2014 Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon

2014 Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon

Of course, I have to talk about their shirts!  I really love the Brooks brand T-shirts that Rock ‘N Roll races provide.  While they may run a little small sometimes, the quality is top-notch and I know that I’ll be able to wear them for years and years.  For me, race shirts are a memory.  They remind me of my running accomplishments and they fill me with pride every time I wear them.  If you run a Rock ‘N Roll Race, you know that your shirt will last for a long time!

5 – You Can Save Lots of Money With Discount Codes!

One of my favorite things about races is finding a great discount, because who likes paying full price?!  As a BibRave Pro Ambassador, I’m so excited to be able to promote and participate in several Rock ‘N Roll races this year and provide you with a discount code!

If you’d like to join in the fun this year, you can use the code BIBRAVE15 to get $15 off your Rock ‘N Roll marathon or half marathon registration!n  Check my race discounts page for the most updated list!  You can also catch special savings on races by signing up for Rock ‘N Roll’s email list or by following them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

If you’re looking fo a run race that’s well-organized and a ton of fun, I highly recommend checking out Rock ‘N Roll this year!   Running a Rock ‘N Roll race is a great way to have a racecation!  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Have you ever run a Rock ‘N Roll race?  Which one was your favorite? 

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