US – RRT and the Baltimore St. Jude Rock N Roll Marathon March 12, 2016
READY. SET. ROCK. March 12th, 2016 dawned a great day for those running in the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. The weather was just right. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series is one of the World’s Largest Running Events. Over 24,000 runners signed up this year!
Running, travel and entertainment are all combined to create a motivating event for all. As participants run through cities, live bands, cheering teams and volunteer groups motivate them from start to finish. This year, the featured charity was the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners raised $241,000…which surpassed their goal of $125,000!
There were 30+ RRT Volunteers from Baltimore and Washington D.C who arrived early in the morning to set up the water and glucose rest stops. As runners made their way past these stops, RRT volunteers offered refreshments and cheered them on as they went past. During the race, they also helped to clear the streets of cups and wrappers. At one of the stations that the RRT volunteers were placed at, there was a live band!
At first, the RRT were only supposed to be running one water station. The day before, the event coordinators had asked us to run two water stations. As they began to set up the 4000 cups, glucose and Gatorades drinks, one of the event coordinators asked them if they could run another station because the original volunteers didn’t show up and only tables were set up. RRT volunteers collaborated and divided into three groups now running three water stops. They were very thankful for RRT pitching in and quickly organizing a set of members to run an abandoned water stop.
The top male runner was Alfredo Arevalo Reyes from Falls Church, VA ran the marathon in 2:30:04 and the top female runner for the marathon was Martha Nelson, from Washington D.C. who ran it in 2:58:02!
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series was a great success and RRT Volunteers loved being part of such a high-energy event!