On your mark, get set…Rock-N-Roll!   P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is playing host to over 24-thousand runners from all 50 states and 17 countries.  Spokesman Dan Cruz says the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon is unlike any other marathon, “it’s really a 26-point-two mile block party, with live bands positioned

at every mile marker along the route, cheerleaders, and themed-water stations!”  Cruz likens it to “a moving festival to celebrate a healthy and active lifestyle.”

For the first time in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon history, the finish line will feature a double headliner! “The Wallflowers” will play for the bulk of the half marathon finishers, and “OK GO” will play for the Marathon.  Local bands will play live on entertainment stages along every mile of the course to keep the blood pumping and pulsating to keep the runners movin’ from start to finish!

Cruz raves about the “rockin’ good time” runners and their fans will have at the Tempe Beach Park festival post-race with lots of music, entertainment and a beer garden will be on tap to quench your thirst!

The marathon kicks off in downtown Phoenix at 7:50 AM Sunday at CityScape located at 1 East Washington Street and winds its way around Scottsdale with a big finish for the first time in eleven years at Tempe Beach Park. 

The following streets will be closed 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, to stage the starting area:

·         Westbound I-10 off-ramp at Seventh Avenue closed, eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Seventh Avenue restricted with no northbound turns from 4 a.m. to approximately 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
·         Eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) off-ramp at McClintock Drive closed from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
·         Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) off-ramp at Van Buren Street closed from 4 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Sunday.
·         Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) off-ramps at Scottsdale Road restricted from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with southbound turns limited to event traffic only. Non-event traffic will be detoured to northbound Scottsdale Road.
·         For drivers planning to exit eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) at 52nd Street, please note no turns will be allowed from southbound 52nd Street to eastbound Van Buren Street from 4 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Sunday.
All streets will be open to normal traffic by 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18.
Kris Dugan