rnr-global-tourstopsIf you like live music, fun destinations and of course “blinged out” finishers medals mixed in with your running then the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is for you. Their races offer a unique experience with live music at every mile, great crowd support and cheer zones to keep runners amped to the finish line, and a headliner concert after the race – past performers include the Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, Chicago and Sara Evans. They’re also known for their “Heavy Medal” and reward participants with additional bling when they run two or more RnR races in a calendar year.

rnr4The series has recently received some flack for logistical challenges with their Las Vegas race, but rebounded quickly with their final event of 2011, the Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon. I’ve run two RnR races, Savannah in November  and this past weekend in Miami, and had a fantastic time at both. The Miami Beach Expo and the finish line were in the sand on the beach (I loved that), the course provided beautiful ocean views, and the headlining concert after the race was multi-platinum selling artist, Pitbull. Logistically the weekend went smooth – packet pick up was easy, the race start was on time and fluid, the water stops were well manned and stocked, and at the finish line volunteers handed out cold water and ice towels along with a pretty new medal.  Miami rocked – pun intended – and I’m planning on running it again next year.

Here are the Tour Stops for 2012:

North American Tour Stops
Jan. 15, 2012 Arizona
Feb. 12, 2012 St. Petersburg, FL
Feb. 19, 2012 Pasadena, CA
Mar. 4, 2012 New Orleans, LA
Mar. 17, 2012 Washington DC
Mar. 25, 2012 Dallas, TX
Apr. 28, 2012 Nashville, TN
May 20, 2012 Portland, OR
Jun. 3, 2012 San Diego, CA
Jun. 23, 2012 Seattle, WA
Jul. 22, 2012 Chicago, IL
Aug. 19, 2012 Providence, RI
Sept. 2, 2012 Virginia Beach, VA
Sept. 16, 2012 Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 22, 2012 Denver, CO
Sept. 23, 2012 Montréal, Canada
Oct. 7, 2012 San Jose, CA
Oct. 13, 2012 New York
Oct. 21, 2012 St. Louis, MO
Oct. 28, 2012 Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 3, 2012 Savannah, GA
Nov. 11, 2012 San Antonio, TX
Dec. 4, 2011 Las Vegas, NV
TBD 2012 Miami Beach, FL

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European Tour Stops
Apr. 15 2012 Edinburgh, Scotland
Apr. 22 2012 Madrid, Spain
Sept. 30 2012 Lisbon, Portugal
Aug. 6, 2012 Dublin, Ireland

For more information, visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/tour-stops.

Until next time, I’m off and running …

Disclosure: I received VIP tent passes in Miami Beach courtesy of the Competitor Group. I was not paid for this post, and as always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.