25,000 runners expected this Sunday for San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Changes made after 2011 tragedy; Roll 'n' Roll Marathon to host NY runners
Tens of thousands of bottles of Gatorade and water, tents and trailers, fill the back parking lot of the Alamodome where 25,000 runners will cross the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Sunday.
This year, instead of registration being held at the Alamodome as in previous years, it will be held at the Convention Center.
But that’s not all that’s different in 2012.
After runner Jorge Fernandez collapsed and died after crossing the finish line in 2011, more medical personnel are on hand for this year’s race.
“We have a beefed up medical plan, far more volunteers, and a more robust medical plan on site that we didn't have last year,” said Kari Logan, vice president of events for San Diego-based Competitor Group, which manages the race.
Organizers, along with Fernandez’ family, are emphasizing to runners this year to make sure they fill out the emergency contact information on the back of their bib numbers.
“That was one thing he didn’t do,” said Fernandez’ fiancé, Cyndi Mendez, “and because of it, we didn't know where he was.”
Also this year, 200 runners who were supposed to run the New York City Marathon will run the Rock ‘n’ Roll due to Superstorm Sandy.
“They're primed and ready to run a marathon,” said Logan, “and just because New York got canceled doesn’t mean we can’t have them here in San Antonio and show them a good Texas race."
Some fun facts about the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll:
- runners from all 50 states and 22 countries participating
- 55-percent of runners are from outside Bexar County
- 2 out of 3 runners are female
Click here for a map of the race route, event details, and road closures.
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