Colin Marz (San Antonio, Texas) and Ildi Gaal (Raleigh, N.C.) were crowned champions in Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio Marathon
José Luis Santana Marin (Mexico City, Mexico) and Andrea Pomaranski (Wolverine Lake, Mich.) topped the podium in Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio Half Marathon
(Photo credit: Patrick McDermott for Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series)
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Dec. 5, 2021) – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series closed out its 2021 calendar year with the return of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio event. San Antonio hosted running’s biggest fiesta in a city full of pride, vibrance and over 300 years of rich history. Over 18,000 registered participants took on the San Antonio streets lined with cheer squads, local bands and entertainment from start to finish. For the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio Marathon, Colin Marz (San Antonio, Texas) and Ildi Gaal (Raleigh, N.C.) were crowned champions. José Luis Santana Marin (Mexico City, Mexico) and Andrea Pomaranski (Wolverine Lake, Mich.) topped the podium in the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio Half Marathon.
The 2021 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series San Antonio participants received a running tour of the Alamo City and its many historic landmarks including running along the River Walk and past Tower of Americas, Torch of Friendship and Alamodome, before the finish line greeted them along E Cesar Chavez Blvd and Hemisfair Park.
In the marathon, Colin Marz (San Antonio, Texas) was crowned the winner for the men clocking a time of 2:43:07. Jon Day (Austin, Texas) was second with a time of 2:44:51 and Steve Kindred (Kaysville, Utah) followed in third place finishing in 2:46:32. Ildi Gaal (Raleigh, N.C.) was the women’s winner with a final time of 2:50:46 with Oliva Heather (San Antonio, Texas) following in second with a finishing time of 3:08:17 and Esperanza Lopez (Fort Worth, Texas) rounding out the podium in 3:08:43.
In the half marathon, it was a Mexican trio that sweep the podium with José Luis Santana Marin (Mexico City, Mexico) taking top spot clocking a time of 1:02:59. Hesiquio Flores Romero (Mexico City, Mexico) was second with a time of 1:05:29 and Jesús Arturo Esparza Pérez (Mexico City, Mexico) followed in third place finishing 1:07:53. Andrea Pomaranski (Wolverine Lake, Mich.) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:14:32 with Erica Kirkwood (San Antonio, Texas) behind finishing in second with a finishing time of 1:23:10 and Savannah Boucher (San Antonio, Texas) rounding out the podium in 1:23:48.
The weekend of racing kicked off on Saturday with the 5K and 10K races which began at Sunset Station and finished in Travis Park.
Elite runners and fast times aside, the weekend’s events were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including Zero Gravity, the Jonathan Garcia Band, Dixie White Horse, DJ Donnie Dee, the Mariachi Mile among many other talented artists from the San Antonio community performed live on band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and crowd support. The party wasn’t only on course – The Emotions and Volcán closed out the show as the Encore Entertainment.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series has developed a series of comprehensive Safe Return to Racing operating principles prepared in accordance with industry standards for open air participation sporting events including standards from World Health Organization (WHO) and guidance from the IRONMAN Group Global Medical Advisory Board. These Ready to Rock: Safe Return to Running Guidelines empower everyone involved to focus on a safe return to running. With attention to density reduction, touchpoint minimization, enhanced hygiene, screening, and education, as well as self-awareness, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series will continue to deliver a rockin’ participant experience with necessary adjustments so that the participants can race safely, race smart, and race their best.
Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Events Coming Up:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series is scheduled to continue in 2022 with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Arizona on January 15-16, 2022. To see the full schedule of Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series events, visit www.runrocknroll.com/all-events.
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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series is the world’s largest running series taking part in destination locations around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running 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. Focused on running, music and community, 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 featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
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