VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - More than 16,000 runners are expected to converge on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for the 12th annual Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.
For the first time, the event will include a 3.5 mile "mini-marathon" as well as a two person half-marathon relay.
The race is September 2, 2012.
Event at a Glance:
Half Marathon, 2 Person Half Marathon Relay, Mini Marathon
Start Line: The Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. [ map ]
Finish Line: Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Start times: 6:50am Wheelchairs / 7:00am Race Start
Location: The Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. [ map ]
Safety is always a concern during races. This year, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital will set up a tent hospital at 15th and Atlantic Avenue to serve the Rock 'n Roll Marathon. Previous years, the hospital treated dozens of patients with heat and hydration issues, fall injuries and even heart attacks. So, this year they decided to assemble disaster tent systems in order to take the hospital to the race site, according to Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding.
Medical services will be free of charge unless patients require admission to the main hospital, Gauding told WAVY.com
The race is in partnership with the 19th annual Verizon Wireless American Music Festival.
WAVY/WVBT is proud to be the official television sponsor of this year's festival, which features more than 30 bands.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
A parade float caught fire at an Oceanfront parade on Dec. 7, 2013.
Speaker Bill Howell will be in Chesapeake Monday to address the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.