Throwback Thursdays: Virginia Beach Style!
Every Thursday we’ll look back at the most memorable moments from Virginia Beach!
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In 2001, Deena Kastor, set the bar at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon with a winning time of 1:10:08. As one of the founders, this was considered the first ever destination 1/2 marathon!
40 years after his historic Olympic marathon victory in Munich, a moment which ignited a cultural running boom in the United States, Frank Shorter, finished the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon.
In 2010, Ainsley completed her first half marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach as a member of Team HOYT. She is one of seven children in the U.S. diagnosed with INAD, a terminal illness. Today, Ainsley has completed over 60 road races with her father, Kim, including 5 Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathons. This year, Ainsley’s sister, Briley, will join her at RnR Virginia Beach as the two will participate in their first half marathon as sisters!
Here’s to running happily ever after! In 2003, this couple chose to exchange their vows at the RnR Virginia Beach start line. Former mayor, Meyera Oberndorf, held the full marriage ceremony that included bridesmaids, groomsmen, and even their parents walking them down the “aisle”. Or in this instance, their corral!
RnR Virginia Beach participants are known for “Hangin’ Around” with their feet in the sand, rocking out at the post race concert. In 2001, Counting Crows headlined the Inaugural RNR VB and runners fell “Accidentally in Love” with this Labor Day evening celebration.
For Lt. Justin Legg, enduring 13.1 miles was only an obstacle that existed to be overcome. In 2012, just two years after receiving a double-lung transplant, Legg, a retired Navy SEAL, ran the RnR Virginia Beach Half Marathon. In his words, “Anything is damn near possible, even when everyone says that it’s impossible.”
Halfway help!? Before 2009, running half of a ½ marathon wasn’t ever an option. That was until we introduced the 2-Person Relay! Now, if you’re not up for the full 13.1, grab a friend and ROCK Virginia Beach together!
In 2005, legendary rock band, Journey, set the bar high with a ROCKIN’ performance in the sand at RnR Virginia Beach! The concert drew a record-setting crowd of over 30,000 people- making it the largest Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series concert of ALL TIME. The record still stands to this day!
Maybe we can break the record this Labor Day? Don’t Stop Believing!
From the Beach to the Bell! In 2002, we debuted our Heavy Medal program in Virginia Beach. Today, you can receive medals for not only running multiple races, but by running a set of specified races. This limited edition “Beach to Bell” medal was earned after completing both Virginia Beach and Philadelphia.
Now, who says we can’t bring it out of retirement bigger and better?!