Race Recap: 2018 Rock n Roll San Jose Half Marathon

Flat, fast and fun. Put this race on your list.


  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k


This expo was good – not great but not bad either. I expected a bit more since it was a Rock n Roll race but I was also glad that it was not overwhelming. Parking was easy and we were able to get the $10 rate card validated at a nearby restaurant.

Starting Line

It was crowded and many runners did not line up in their assigned corral. I was in corral 4 but was surrounded by runners who were assigned to corral 10+. If I run this race in the future, I would definitely register with a faster predicted time.


It’s not necessarily scenic but I love everything about the course. From growing up around San Jose, I loved running through the neighborhoods such as downtown, Japantown and Santa Clara University, where I did my undergrad. The course is completely flat and had spectators along parts of the course. It did get a little hot with the last few stretches being completely in the sun but I’m not complaining.. I still ran a PR! Runners then finish in downtown San Jose, where there is a large finish line festival waiting for them.

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