The 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon ready to start. Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon via Facebook

The winners of the 19th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday morning were Eric Noel in the male race with a time of 2:26:39 and McKale Davis in the female race with 2:56:16.

Noel is 28-years-old and came from his hometown San Luis Obispo. Davis is 31-years-old and from Chandler, Arizona.

The race, known for having live bands and cheerleaders every mile or so along the course, started at 6:15 a.m. on the west side of Balboa Park at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street. 

A pair of U.S. Olympians got their final pre-Rio tune-up at the event in San Diego.

Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan earned places on the U.S. team at February’s Olympic trials, and their half-marathon run was their only scheduled competition for the 32-year-olds scheduled before the games begin in Rio de Janeiro in August, according to race organizers.

“We’re so excited to run another Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon as part of our buildup on the road to Rio,” said Cragg, who won the marathon trials with a time 2:28:20. “Racing at the San Antonio half before the Olympic Trials gave us an opportunity to work together and test our fitness. We are looking forward to pushing ourselves again, this time in San Diego.”

The full 26.2-mile course took runners around North Park, Normal Heights, Mission Valley and Mission Bay before the downtown finish at Ash and State streets. Road closures in those areas were expected from late morning to early afternoon.

Half-marathon and 5K courses were also available.

Shalene Flanagan won the half-marathon female race with a time of 1:07:51, and Scott Smith won the half-marathon male race with a time of 1:02:34.

Kylee Martin won the 5K female race with a time of 19:36 and Kyle Masterson won the 5K male race with a time of 15:01.

After the run, an awards ceremony and post-race festival was held at the Waterfront Park outside the County Administration Center.

— City News Service

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