In just a few short weeks, the City of Brotherly Love will open its’ arms to welcome approximately 15,000 runners from near and far.
The Rock N Roll Half Marathon Philadelphia occurs each year and has become a well-known tradition amongst athletes, music-lovers, residents, and local business owners.
Since its dawning in 1978, the marathon’s attendance has grown to attract visitors from across the globe. Famous past participants even include celebrity Olympic gold medalists.
Meanwhile, folks clamor to catch a glimpse of the widely-recognized group of 23 legacy runners. The infamous legacy runners have attended every Philly-based Rock N Roll run this far. In September, they’re planning to cross the half marathon’s finish line for the 40th time in a row.
Planning on joining the fun in Philadelphia for the 2019 Rock N Roll half marathon?
Read on to find out how to prepare for a fun-filled one-of-a-kind race you’ll never forget!
Get Ready to Rock at the Rock N Roll Half Marathon Philadelphia
It’s easy to see why Philadelphia’s Rock N Roll Half Marathon is one of the most celebrated events of its’ kind.
After all, what’s not to love?
An Awesome Park and Riverside Race Course In the Center of Historic Philadelphia
Philly’s flat 13.1-mile course is lined with music, live bands, and loads of fun. Every year, crowds of fans show up to cheer for the marathon’s participants as they shake and jive along Philadelphia’s historic riverside.
Spectators and runners alike can take a break from boogying in the city park. Find a bench to soak up the sunshine or kick back while watching the kids play.
There’s plenty of things to see and do before and after you run.
When you reach the finish line, you’ll find that the fun’s just begun.
Musical Entertainment Galore and an Informative Health Expo
Runners can drop by Eakins Oval for a cold beer (it’s on the house!). Then, wrap up the jamming weekend dancing into the night at the all-star headliner’s concert celebrating the day’s success.
In addition, there is a two-day health and fitness expo held at the city’s convention center prior to the race. The expo features health and nutrition information and interactive displays, the latest in running technologies, athletic apparel and more.
While browsing the event vendor booths, runners can check-in and pick up their race number. And, everyone who’s entered gets a T-shirt and gear bag that’s filled with race-day essentials and extra-fun goodies.
Things to Do Before the Big Day
Of course, you will need to do more to prepare than just show up on the day of the race.
Your pre-run checklist should include the following:
- Register online and pay the required participation fee ASAP
- If you’re visiting from out of town, make travel and accommodation arrangements early for the best selection & prices during your stay
- Stick to your training and workout routine to build strength and endurance (you might want to ask a pro trainer for tips if this is your first marathon)
- Gear up with comfy, breathable sportswear, shoes and running accessories (the best gear & gadgets will improve your total experience and be well worth the money)
- Create a tentative itinerary that includes race-day musts, as well as other sights to see and things to do in Philly
- Remember to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and schedule a check-up with your physician prior to the race
- Have fun (that’s what this marathon is all about!)
Whether the Rock N Roll Half Marathon Philadelphia is your first or your 400th, you deserve a pat on the back.
Don’t get discouraged if you seem to progress slower than you’d hoped. Be proud of yourself for establishing healthy (and fun) goals.
Consider treating yourself to a special reward each time you reach a training milestone. Before your big run, you might gift yourself a token of self-appreciation. Or, perhaps you’d like to acknowledge each time you participate in a new running event in some special way.
The charm jewelry by Inspired Endurance is a great way to preserve your race-day memories and major running milestones. And the jewelry is created especially for runners just like you.
Find out how to use our runner’s jewelry and charms to commemorate and celebrate your athletic success!