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Virginia Beach Oceanfront Rock N Roll Half Marathon is celebrating its 19th year

For the 19th time in Virginia Beach, runners will have the opportunity to leave their earbuds at home and listen to live music while jogging along the oceanfront.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon weekend begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with a 5-kilometer race and new 1-mile event at 8:15 a.m. that’s been moved off the sand and onto the boardwalk.

But for those who pass on pure speed, the 13.1-mile main event begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at 14th Street and Pacific Avenue, ringing in September with plenty of guitars and melodies as numerous bands and musicians line the course that treks south down General Booth Boulevard before turning back up toward the oceanfront.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon weekend also coincides with the Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival at the oceanfront.

Forty-nine states and 12 countries are represented among the running event’s participants, with ages spanning 12 years old at the youngest and 81 the oldest.

Runners will have four hours to complete the mostly flat 13.1-mile course, but the elite pack that kicks off the event usually finishes within 90 minutes.

Last year, top male finisher Mike Morgan clocked in at 1 hour, 8 minutes, 45 seconds and Mary Schneider finished in 1:24:17.

(08/31/2019) ⚡AMP
by Ray Nimmo
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Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach

Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach

Featuring three days of free concerts on the beach, 13.1 miles of live bands and a spectacular boardwalk finish, it's no wonder why over 20,000 runners and walkers participate in the Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon. Warm ocean breezes, clean sandy beaches and rolling surf provide a stunning backdrop to this Labor Day Weekend extravaganza. The half marathon...

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Mike Morgan wins the 18th Annual Virginia Beach half Marathon

Approximately 8,000 registered runners from age 12 to 83 took to the streets this weekend to participate in the 18th running of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon.  The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday morning with a 5K and Mile on the Sand. The half marathon took place Sunday, with runners from 46 states and 17 countries getting a first-class tour of Virginia Beach.   In the half marathon, Mike Morgan (Rochester Hills, Michigan) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:08:47. Will Christian (Chesapeake, Virginia) was second with a time of 1:09:28. Michael Bailey (Chesapeake, Virginia) followed in third place finishing in 1:11:19. Mary Schneider (Monkton, Maryland) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:24:19 with Fabiana Perlingeiro (Virginia Beach, Virginia) next behind her at 1:28:05. Becky Younger (Toms River, New Jersey) rounded out the podium in 1:29:34. Elite runners and fast times aside, Sunday’s race was all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including Dustin Furlow performed live on improved band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. (09/03/2018) ⚡AMP
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