And in this case? It’s a good thing. A VERY good thing!
I made my feelings pretty clear when I ran the National Half earlier this year: the whole thing sucked. From the crappy t-shirt, to the boring race course, to the lack of mile markers, to the medal…
I know many people have strong feelings about the Rock n Roll series, as they tend to buy out the local races making them more expensive (in this case, the National Marathon was already a fortune, so there is no price change, it’s actually cheaper right now), but we can all agree in one thing: they know how to put on a race. It’s organized. There’s entertainment. The medals kick ass!
Here’s hoping that they also change the race course and make it more interesting (I couldn’t find info on the new course). A longer run around the Mall, maybe even mimicking part of the Cherry Blossom 10 miler route which is SO scenic or the Army Ten Miler route which pass by many of the sights in DC!
Now who’s signing up for it? It’s only $60 for the next two days! Rock n Roll USA – like many DC races I now miss, I wish I could be there to run it. (Here’s hoping the weekends don’t coincide with the Shamrock Half, which is another one of my favorites!) But maybe I’ll be there in 2014?