Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Unveils New Finish Line, Race Improvements
- 3rd annual marathon & ½ marathon returns Saturday, March 15, 2014
- New finish line at RFK Stadium to improve participant flow, offer more space
Washington, D.C. – December 10, 2013 – After completing a 13.1 or 26.2 mile journey through the nation’s capital, thousands of runners will have plenty of space to relax and rock out as the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Rock ‘n’ Roll USA 1/2 Marathon returns on Saturday, March 15.
The race will feature a sprawling new finish line area in Lots 6 and 7 at RFK Stadium, offering more space for participants and their friends and families, as well as spectators. The new finish will better accommodate the flow of runners as they come through the finish line, as well as crowds enjoying the finish line festival and post-race concert.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve the runner experience and making changes accordingly,” said Adam Zocks, Vice President of CGI, director of the event. “The new finish line area will be a major upgrade, in addition to some other adjustments we’ve made to ensure everyone has a smooth race day from start to finish.”
Runners will once again start on Constitution Avenue, a stunning and scenic start line under the shadows of some of the country’s proudest landmarks. As they travel down Constitution, participants will pass the White House on the right and the stunning Washington Monument on the left as they head toward George Washington University. The course then loops back towards the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial, passing West Potomac Park and crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Marathoners will view the US Supreme Court and US Capitol building before enjoying more than 3 scenic miles along the Anacostia River’s waterfront. The race is the only marathon run entirely within the District of Columbia.
Among other improvements taking place in 2014, UPS trucks will be utilized to transport participant gear bags from the start to the finish. The new finish area will provide more space for runners to safely and efficiently retrieve their belongings from the trucks, which are designed perfectly for the effective implementation of gear check. Water stations in 2014 will be manned by both volunteers and additional hired staff to ensure proper staffing levels.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Rock ‘n’ Roll USA 1/2 Marathon combines fitness and fun with each mile of the race featuring live, local bands, cheerleaders and motivating spectators, culminating with a major music headliner performing at the finish line festival.
Marathon weekend kicks off with the Health & Fitness Expo at the DC Armory Thursday and Friday. The Expo, which is free to the general public, features interactive activities, educational sessions and expert speakers along with 80 exhibitors providing free samples, giveaways and health and fitness information.