U.S. Olympians among runners in 19th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

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SAN DIEGO – A pair of U.S. Olympians will get their final pre-Rio tune-up this morning at the 19th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego.

The race, known for having live bands and cheerleaders every mile or so along the course, is set to begin at 6:15 a.m. on the west side of Balboa Park at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street.

Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan earned places on the U.S. team at February’s Olympic trials, and their half-marathon run will be their only scheduled competition for the 32-year-olds scheduled before the games get going in Rio de Janeiro in August, according to race organizers.

“We’re so excited to run another Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon as part of our buildup on the road to Rio,” said Cragg, who won the marathon trials with a time 2:28:20. “Racing at the San Antonio half before the Olympic Trials gave us an opportunity to work together and test our fitness. We are looking forward to pushing ourselves again, this time in San Diego.”

The full 26.2-mile course will take runners around North Park, Normal Heights, Mission Valley and Mission Bay before the downtown finish at Ash and State streets. Road closures in those areas can be expected until late morning or early afternoon.

Half-marathon and 5K courses are also available.

After the run, an awards ceremony and post-race festival will take place at the Waterfront Park outside the County Administration Center.