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Posted: June 4, 2018:  

Athletics: San Diego Welcomes Approximately 27,000 Runners For The Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon

Titus Ekiru of Kenya wins men’s half marathon in 1:01:02 with Meseret Defar of Ethiopia earning the women’s win in 1:08:26

August Brautigam and Karen Lockyer take top spots in the marathon

Brand new Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series start and finish structures unveiled

The Revivalists performed for runners and spectators at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 3, 2018) - Approximately 27,000 registered runners from age 12 to 85 took to the streets of America’s Finest City this weekend to participate in the 21st running of the Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon.

Photos - 2018 Synchrony Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Photos (credit Donald Miralle/Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)

In the half marathon, Titus Ekiru (Kenya) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:01:02. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) was second with a time of 1:02:18. Josphat Kipchirchir (Kenya) followed in third place finishing in 1:02:21. Three-time Olympic medalist (two gold, one silver), Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:08:26 with Jane Kibii (Kenya) next behind her at 1:12:00. Kaitlyn James (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) rounded out the podium in 1:13:54.

In the marathon, August Brautigam (Reno, Nevada) broke the tape as the overall champion finishing in 2:33:28. Sammy Cheruiyot (Kenya) finished in second with a time of 2:34:23 as Matt Seifert (Shawnee, Kansas) rounded out the podium in third finishing in 2:41:38. Karen Lockyer (Austin, Texas) was the women’s marathon champion with a final time of 2:55:25. Katrina Graham (Santa Clarita, Calif.) took the second-place spot in 3:29:38 and Elizabeth Welch (New York) finish third in 3:06:11.

Olympians and Boston Marathon Champions, Des Linden and Meb Keflezighi joined race day as they ran with amateurs in half-marathon.

San Diego local, Anna Hackenberg, took on the marathon in a wheelchair completing in 2:59:15. Just last year, she was training for the half marathon as an able-bodied athlete before a terrible hiking accident left her paralyzed. She not only returned, but doubled her goal, taking on the full 26.2-mile marathon.

The Revivalists performed for runners and spectators at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series but not before some of the members took part in the morning’s races themselves. Bassist George Gekas took on the half marathon while Zack Feinberg (guitar) and Rob Ingraham (saxophone) teamed up for the half marathon relay. The Revivalists are not new to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series having performed as a on-course band in their hometown of New Orleans.

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About Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.


A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit

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