Dec 1, 2023 - Things to Do

San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll running weekend guide

Janessa Dunn wins the women's elite division in the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll marathon on Dec. 4, 2022. Photo: Meg Oliphant/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Running Series

San Antonio's biggest running event of the year returns Friday.

What's happening: Roughly 17,000 runners are registered to participate in the 15th year of the Rock 'n' Roll Running Series, event organizers tell Axios.

Why it matters: Thousands of runners, road closures, and four races are sure to make for a busy weekend in San Antonio.

Even if you're not lacing up your sneakers, here's what to know:

Details: The event kicks off with a health and fitness expo from 12-7pm Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

  • 5K and 10K races begin at 7:30am Saturday at the corner of West Houston and North Santa Rosa streets at Milam Park and end at Travis Park. In previous years, the routes began near Sunset Station.
  • The weekend concludes with the marathon and half marathon, both beginning Sunday at 7am from San Antonio City Hall and concluding at UTSA downtown.
2023 San Antonio Marathon route
Data: Rock 'n' Roll Running Series; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

👀 What to watch: You can cheer on runners while enjoying live music along each route, and track your favorite athletes with the Rock 'n' Roll Running Series app.

  • Of note: Only Department of Defense cardholders are allowed to watch the three-mile portion of the half marathon and marathon route that winds through JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

🚧 Road closures: Some roads will be closed between 7-10:45am Saturday and 2-11am Sunday.

  • Find a full list of closures here.

🅿️ Parking: Race organizers recommend arriving early if you're planning to park near the start and finish line. A list of available downtown parking lots and UTSA lots is available online.

  • Spectators and runners can find free parking at UTSA's D3 and D4 lots, the Durango lot and municipal court lot.
  • The event will disrupt VIA bus services and routes near downtown from 3am to 11:45am Saturday and 3am to 12:30pm Sunday.

🏃‍♀️ Be smart: Scott Peacock, a San Antonio native who has participated in every Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio race since its inception, will pace runners in the 10K and half marathon.

  • Peacock's pro tip: "Whatever you think your first-mile pace is going to be, it's not going to be that … Don't spend your energy weaving in and out of runners on your first mile. Just chill out."
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