On Friday, Tom and I will be driving to Virginia to visit Christine and Adam so we can participate in the Rock 'n Roll race weekend. This will be our third time to run the half marathon, but only my first time to run the race solo. In the past I have run the relay in 2012 with Christine and in 2014 with our running pal Megan.
Some of the things I am most excited about for race weekend are of course seeing my best running pal and racing with her but also being back in familiar territory. After living in Virginia Beach for seven years, it is a place we love and enjoy visiting. There are favorite restaurants, little shops and of course beautiful scenery and places to run, walk and bike.
Now for the details of the race weekend.
The expo takes place on Friday from 1-7 pm and Saturday from 10am - 5 pm. Our first experience at the Expo was in 2012 and we were totally wowed by the atmosphere, vendors and overall excitement. Brooks is the clothing sponsor for the race and since we are both fans of Brooks, it will be fun to see what gear they have available for purchase. At each of my prior Rock 'n Roll races, I have purchased a racer back tank and I love them and wear them frequently. The high quality materials used by Brooks make their clothing great for comfort and fashion.
This year there are three races and those include a 1 mile run on the sand Saturday morning at 8:30 am and a 5k and half marathon on Sunday morning, with both starting at 7:00 am. There is still time to register, but hurry if you plan to race this weekend.
On course there will be loads of bands to keep us entertained and the locals come out to cheer on the runners. It is a party type atmosphere and fun for everyone participating whether volunteering, racing, running or cheering.
The final event of the race weekend is the concert on Sunday night. Sheryl Crow is the headliner for the evening concert and it will most likely be a packed beach of eager fans.
If you would like to read a race or expo recap from our prior years of running the links are provided below.
Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach 2012 race recap
Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach 2014 race recap
There is still time to sign up for the VIP race experience. One of the biggest perks of this race add on is the parking spot. It can get difficult to find a space to park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront and with the VIP package, you get a guaranteed spot at a parking lot very close to the start. we think this is a very valuable add on to your race registration. There are also places to stretch on race morning in the conference center and of course a nice air conditioned space with real bathrooms and some light breakfast food. You can read more about the VIP race experience here.
Are you rocking the beach this year?