15th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon hits the Valley

- Whether they're running one mile or 26.2, 30,000 people are expected to participate in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon this weekend.

"This is one of Rock and Roll's only races that goes through three cities, so it's a big deal permitting wise," Sage Melley said. "The cities are more than on board. It's a city sponsored event, so everybody loves us coming. It's a lot of work to get it all put together."

Melley, a community relations manager for the race, says the route takes participants through Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix.

Set up takes at least three days, and tear down takes another two. Road closures are the primary concern, since runners use surface streets.

"The roads will be closed starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday all the way until about 2 or 3, depending on what area of town you are in," Melley said.

Barriers and barricades are already in place. Volunteers and workers are ready to set the stage for what is one of the most popular and exciting races in the series.

"It is because it's fast and flat, plus it's going to be 75 degrees, so it's just great for runners all around," Melley said.

There's a mile run Friday, a kids run and 5K on Saturday, and the 10K half and full marathon on Sunday. Runners are already eager to cross that finish line and those working to set it up are ready to rock, too.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
www.runrocknroll.com/arizona

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