Runners to experience new route at 2013 Rock N' Roll Marathon

Route changed to include new scenery

Published On: Nov 15 2013 06:08:05 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2013 05:51:58 PM CST
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When runners participating in the 2013 San Antonio Rock N' Roll Marathon trek across town, they'll experience a whole new route.

Organizers of the marathon said the new route includes new views to showcase both San Antonio's high points, plus newly revitalized downtown neighborhoods.

Alan Culpepper, two-time Olympic marathoner and the vice president of events for Competitor Group, said the new route is a result of a number of factors.

"[It] freshens up the event a little bit. But we have to deal with capital improvements downtown and our old start line that just wouldn't work anymore because it was all torn up," said Culpepper.

"One of the best parts is that it is now a looped course, so it starts and finishes right on Cherry Street, right outside of the Alamodome," said Lauren Kalocay, the event director of the marathon. "It's great for runners, and it's a lot easier than a point-to-point course," said Kalocay.

One of the newest additions to the route includes the historic Pearl Brewery complex, where restaurants there said they are ready and excited for the crowds.

"We are at the three-mile marker, so we expect a lot of people, a lot of kids to stop here, to come in and have brunch," said Christopher Ware, the bar manager of Arcade Midtown Kitchen at the Pearl. "We're offering a 10% discount if you show up with your medal, as well as you get a complimentary mimosa."

The new route also includes Brackenridge Park, the Japanese Tea Gardens, a new portion of Mission Reach, the San Antonio Zoo, and Trinity University. Runners will still see the Alamo, as well as Mission ConcepciĆ³n and Mission San Jose.

For a look at the new course map, click here.