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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Returning to St. Louis

Posted: Oct. 16th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2011
Erik Lunsford

With the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon making its way back to St. Louis on Sunday, October 21, thoughts of last year's gridlock traffic comes to the mind of many of the city's residents. However, this year, the race will be taking a less impactful route, which should leave those not participating in the run free to move around St. Louis like normal. 

South St. Louis residents can rest easy come Sunday morning. They won’t be held captive inside their neighborhoods by hordes of runners.

Organizers of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon franchise have changed this year’s 26.2-mile route so that it avoids several neighborhoods that it passed through last year.

They wanted to enhance the experience for marathoners, said Alan Culpepper, course designer with Competitor Group Inc., the San Diego company that owns the national race franchise. Last year some of the fast marathoners rejoined slow half-marathoners during the last four miles of the race.


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