(March 10, 2018) – Over 17,000 runners from age 12 to 86 took to the streets of Washington DC this weekend to participate in the 7th running of the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of bringing fun to the run with great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed taking in the iconic sights of the Nation’s Capital.
The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday when runners from all 50 states and 57 countries took off in the marathon, the only one held completely within the District of Columbia, followed by the half marathon, both of which started at Constitution Avenue and 14th Street NW. The event took runners through downtown DC, various neighborhoods, historic sites such as Union Station and the National Mall, past the White House, and along the Anacostia River.
Runners also packed the start line of the 5K which began at RFK Stadium, crossed over the Whitney Young Memorial Bridge turned around at East Capitol Street NE and returned to the finish line in front of the stadium.
In the marathon, 27-year-old, Tyler Andrews (Concord, MA) broke the tape as the overall champion in a time of 2:20:46. Yezid Alexander Orjuela Soche (Colombia) finished in second with a time of 2:25:45 as Samuel Lapp (Pittsburgh, PA) rounded out the podium in third finishing in 2:34:57. Rochelle Sceats-Basil (Fairfax, VA) was the women’s marathon champion with a final time of 2:55:01. Cait Bradley (New York, NY) took the second-place spot in 2:58:00 and Christie Wetzel (Falls Church, VA) finish third in 3:02:47.
Marathon finishers were treated to a brand new red-carpet finish and recovery zone that included massages.
In the half marathon, 24-year-old, Raymond McCormack (Orlando, FL) crossed the finish as overall champion in a time of 1:08:05. Zachary Barker (Wyomissing, PA) finished in second with a time of 1:08:33 as Christopher Sloane (Gaithersburg, PA) came in third finishing in 1:08:44. Kiera D’Amato (Midlothian, VA) was the women’s half marathon champion with a final time of 1:16:31. Rebecca Spellman (Galloway, OH) took the second-place spot in 1:17:05 and Bailey Drewes (Ithaca, NY) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 1:17:42.
Elite runners and fast times aside, Saturday’s races were all about the party. Some of the best live bands from around DC, including George Mason University’s Green Machine, performed on improved band stages along the route, interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Participants moved along to more music than ever with all new mile-markers that included speakers and race pacers who ran with mobile speaker packs.
The musically themed road race concluded with the sounds of Vintage Trouble taking to the stage as the headliner for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series, bringing runners and their families to their feet in celebration of the day’s accomplishments.
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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival and Toyota Concert Series Headliner featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com
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