The “Rock ‘N’ Roll Running Series” starts on Sunday

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“We can feel the energy in San Diego,” said race director Meryl Leventon.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif .– Thousands of participants will race in the highly anticipated Rock ‘N Roll Running Series on Sunday. People travel from all over the world to participate.

“We can feel the energy in San Diego,” said race director Meryl Leventon.

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Running Series is back for its 23rd year and for Bill Aaron it is his 23rd participation in this race, just in time for his birthday.

“I was here in ’98 and every year since. It’s my hometown class. I started with Rock ‘N’ Roll. I treasure it every year,” Aaron said.

Aaron and other athletes are thrilled that the popular event is finally here.

“I’m just thankful that we were able to do this. It’s been 18 months since we got to put on a bib and hear a gunshot. It’s wonderful. It’s great to find it!” Aaron said.

“I am excited and look forward to this,” said participant Lynda Morlet.

The 13.1 Mile Half Marathon and 26.2 Mile Marathon start at Balboa Park and end in downtown San Diego. The race has been postponed to October this year due to the pandemic.

Organizers say it’s a big boost to San Diego’s economy.

“In the past years, this event has brought in $ 42 million in San Diego,” said Leventon.

Organizers expect 18,000 runners to cross the finish line on Sunday, from all 50 states and 35 countries. Participants can also expect a lot of new things this year.

“We have drag queens on cat rides. We have a Ron Burgundy on Adams Avenue and a Tom Cruise lookalike. We have all kinds of new things,” Leventon said.

Organizers say rain or shine, bands and artists will still perform.

“Absolutely, our bands will be ready to rock no matter what,” said Leventon.

“The groups are what keep us moving during the race. It’s the excitement of it all,” said Morlet.

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