From routes to street closures, what to know about San Antonio’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, half-marathon

Sunday’s races start and end near Hemisfair

Thousands of runners cross starting line for downtown Rock N’ Roll Marathon (Mario Orellana, KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of runners will pound the streets Sunday for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half-Marathon.

The races are slated to begin at 7:15 a.m. at West Market Street and Presa Street, near the northwest corner of Hemisfair downtown. KSAT will be at the starting line and will provide a livestream in the video player above starting at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Here’s what to know about the big race day on Sunday.

Rock ‘n’ Roll returns to SA

This is the first time the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series returned to San Antonio since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Last year’s events were canceled less than a month before the scheduled racing weekend due to COVID-19 concerns.

In 2019, runner Molly Seidel won the half-marathon with a time of 1:10:27 and went on to win bronze in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, just like all Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons.

The routes

The courses snake up to the Pearl area and Brackenridge Park before returning downtown via Austin Street. The split for the half-marathon is at Nolan and Olive Streets, near Dignowity Park.

From there, half-marathoners will make their way back to Hemisfair while full-marathoners will continue through the East Side.

The full marathon route passes by Lincoln Park, Martin Luther King park, the Salado Creek Greenway South and Southside Lions Park before heading back to downtown.

The finish line for both races is at South Alamo Street, near the southwest corner of Hemisfair.

The time limits for the half and full marathons are four and seven hours, respectively.

Street closures

Nearly 60 roads along the half and full marathon courses will be closed on Sunday morning.

The majority of closures will stay in place by 5 a.m., and they will reopen in a rolling basis, according to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series.

“Resident and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and be aware of road closure schedules,” the website states.


No parking — metered or free — will be allowed on the streets along the course. Participants can get a discount on parking when using SpotHero, a parking reservations app. For more information, click here.

To see a map of city-owned parking garages, click here.

After-race festivities on Sunday

Volcán is the headliner for the post-run concert at the finish line at Hemisfair. Volcán plays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

About the Author:

Rebecca Salinas joined KSAT in the fall of 2019. Her skills include content management, engagement and reporting.