Get into the Groove
VIRGINIA BEACH – It’s time to get into the groove – with the dance moves and fitness.
This year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will be celebrating 20 years of races across the nation. It all started in San Diego in 1998, and has grown to include races spanning the United States, including Virginia Beach.
This is the 17th year for the Virginia Beach half-marathon event. The races are held each year on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the American Music Festival. Runners and spectators are treated to a 3-day music festival in addition to miles of music on course and a grand finish along the oceanfront Boardwalk.
Race events include a 5K where runners start at 21st Street and Atlantic Avenue, and follow the course along the boardwalk before ending near 12th Street.
A second event is the “Mile on the Sand” where runners start on the beach near 19th Street and complete the course all on the sand.
The half-marathon is the largest event that starts at 14th Street and Pacific Avenue, runs down General Booth Boulevard, among other streets, and ends at the boardwalk near 13th Street.
The American Music Festival is one of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast that brings together national, regional, and local acts to play on at the 5th Street Stage, as well as stages in all the parks along the boardwalk. This year, the sounds of rock, jazz, country, R&B, and more will flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three sun-filled days during the Labor Day weekend.
Performers this year include: Shadowjack; Joe Gosman Band; Lewis McGehee; Dustin Furlow; The Rhondels; The Noisemakers and many more.
But wait – there’s more.
You don’t have to run in any of the races to enjoy the weekend’s events. Rock Around the Block and win cash prizes in this friendly neighborhood competition. Locals can recruit fellow neighbors to take to the streets on race day with a unique and spirited block theme. The goal is to keep runners and walkers motivated and entertained as they make their way past various neighborhoods to the finish line.
For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon visit http://www.runrocknroll.com/virginia-beach/. For more information about the American Music Festival visit https://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/american-music-festival.
And, of course, if you’re looking for the perfect place to stay for Labor Day weekend, VSA Resorts is the perfect choice!