Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon is this weekend — here’s what you need to know – San Antonio Express-News

Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon is this weekend — here’s what you need to know  San Antonio Express-News

Kristen Reitano, Jack Gerlitz, and Lyn Reitano grab hands as they cross the finish line at a previous Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.

Robin Jerstad /Contributor

SAN ANTONIO — The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio distance running event is shaking things up this year with a new route through Fort Sam Houston.

The marathon with a melody includes races of four different lengths — marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K — held this Saturday and Sunday. (It’s official, unabbreviated name is the Certified Piedmontese Beef Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio.)

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There will road closures from 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Details on the closures and alternate routes are here.

The 10K and 5K runs kick off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Hoefgen Avenue and Heiman Street near St. Paul Square, just north of the Alamodome. The finish line is at Travis and Navarro streets, on the southwest corner of Travis Park.

The marathon and half-marathon will get under way at 7 a.m. Sunday in front of City Hall, at South Flores between West Commerce Street and Dolorosa.

Participants in the two longer runs will enter Fort Sam Houston at mile five and traverse more than three miles inside the base. The finish line is at the eastern side of the downtown campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Click here for detailed maps of the routes.

Information on parking is here.

Twenty-seven bands, groups and solo acts including conjunto, folkorico, rock and military ensembles will perform along the route. A complete list of entertainers is here.

The marathon went on hiatus in 2020 because of COVID-19. Last year, it drew more than 18,000 runners from around the globe.

Those planning to travel through the race area Saturday or Sunday may call 311 in advance. Detailed road closures also will be indicated on the Waze app, available on both Apple and Android phones.