Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Returns To Hillcrest! Cheer, Support, Be Aware and Plan Ahead!

 

A San Diego tradition since 1998, annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon returns June 2-3, 2018. The course takes more than 30,000 runners through Balboa Park before heading into Hillcrest, North Park, and Normal Heights, with the full marathon continuing through Mission Bay Park and ending at Waterfront Park.

Music along every mile makes up the heart and “sole” of this event.  Live San Diego bands and DJ’s will be performing a variety of music, to help keep the excitement and energy going for the runners and spectators! In Hillcrest, the Mile 1 Stage will be set up on the north sidewalk of University Avenue, over the 163 overpass.  DJ’s Cable and GarGar will be spinning those early morning tunes and providing a place for spectators to join in on the fun and cheer on the runners!

Hillcrest’s business community, the Hillcrest Farmers Market, and other San Diego attractions will remain open during the marathon. Hillcrest businesses, farmers market vendors, and visitors should be aware and plan ahead for road closures.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

VIEW 2018 ALTERNATE ACCESS MAPS!

Download a map and details about road closures and community access specific to your neighborhood and to the Hillcrest Farmers Market!

Hillcrest Farmer’s Market: 

  • Click HERE for directions and a printable map!

Hillcrest & Other Uptown Neighborhoods Access Maps:

DOWNLOADS

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WAZE

As an added benefit, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has partnered with WAZE to help staff, residents and visitors plan ahead with step-by-step directions on Race Day to avoid road closures!  Download the WAZE app HERE.

BE AWARE. PLAN AHEAD

Drivers are encouraged to adjust travel time within and around the race course.

  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and Saturday 5K will bring more than 30,000 runners and walkers to San Diego, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.
  • To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures in your area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.
  • Join the festivities! San Diego residents are encouraged to visit the free Health & Fitness Expo at the San Diego Convention Center, volunteer during race weekend and/or line the course to cheer runners.
  • Returning in 2018, a 5K will take place on Saturday, June 2 at Balboa Park. Most of the road closures will be inside the Park. Minimal closures will take place on 6th Avenue. Please see a full list of Saturday road closures.

ROAD CLOSURES

Most road closures and detours on Sunday will be in effect between the hours of 5:00 am and 2:30 pm. At 5:00 am, Police and event personnel will implement a soft closure along the entire race course. The marathon and 1/2 marathon begin at 6:15 am. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Please review the road closure grid and course map for more information. Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and to be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes.

FREEWAY AND RAMP CLOSURES

On Sunday, freeway and ramp closures associated with the courses may impact your travel on race day. Please note, southbound SR-163 will remain OPEN to I-5. Freeway/ramp closures and times are subject to change. Please review our freeway and ramp closure grid for more information.

ROAD CLOSURE MAP

The below map outlines the road closures, highlights alternate routes and provides access information for popular destinations which will be affected by road closures during the race. Please click on the icons  for information about road closure times and/or general access information.

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Google Maps does NOT take into account the road closures on race day. To request assistance with alternate directions please contact the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon community relations team by completing the community contact form

ALTERNATE ACCESS ROUTES

Access to Popular Destinations

San Diego Airport:

From I-5 South

  • Take San Diego Airport / Sassafras Street exit. This puts you onto Kettner Boulevard.
  • Take Kettner to the traffic light at Sassafras Street and turn right.
    Proceed down the hill to the traffic light at Pacific Highway and turn left.
  • Take Pacific Highway about 1/2 mile to Laurel Street and turn right.
  • Take Laurel Street to the next light, N. Harbor Drive, and turn right.

From I-5 North

  • Take San Diego Airport / Hawthorn Street exit (signs will direct you onto westbound Hawthorn Street).
  • Proceed to N. Harbor Drive and turn right.

Naval Hospital:

From Southbound SR 163

  • Take Park Blvd exit.
  • Turn left onto Park Blvd (northbound).
  • Turn right on Zoo Place.
  • Turn right on Florida Dr.
  • Entrance to the Naval Hospital is located at Bob Wilson Dr.

Zoo/Balboa Park Institutions/Morley Field Facilities :

From Southbound SR 163

  • Take Park Blvd exit.
  • Turn left onto Park Blvd (northbound).
  • Turn left on Presidents Way to access Balboa Park Museums.
  • Continue on Park Blvd and turn left on Zoo Place to reach the San Diego Zoo

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

MTS Bus & Trolley Detours

On Sunday, June 4, several MTS bus routes will be on detour. Please find detour information and plan your transit trip for that day, in advance, by visiting sdmts.com or to speak to a Customer Service Representative, please call 511 or (619) 557-4555.

NO PARKING

Streets along the race course will be marked with No Parking signs approximately 72 hours before the event. Vehicles in violation of posted No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense. Here is a full list of No Parking zones.

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Taste of Hillcrest Is Coming Up! Register Your Business!

 

We have officially begun signups for this year’s Taste of Hillcrest! This fabulous foodie fare is taking place on Saturday, April 14th from 12pm-4pm.
As the largest and longest standing tasting event in Hillcrest, we expect an average of 1,000 guests.
If you would like to participate in this year’s event please fill out the application below and email, fax, or drop it off before March 23rd to secure your spot.
Form for Restaurants, Bars, Cafes
Form for Retailers and Shops

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Save the Date for the HBA Open House

Meet the officers that patrol Hillcrest at the next HBA Open House.

Each quarter the HBA hosts an open house and mixer so members can catch up on all the goings on in the neighborhood and at the HBA.  At the next mixer, the SDPD beat officers that patrol our neighborhood will be on hand to get to know business people and answer questions.  This is your chance to meet the very officers who keep Hillcrest safe from day to day! They want to hear from you.
Save the Date: for morning coffee on March 15, at 8am, at Lestat’s Coffee House at 1041 University Ave.

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Hillcrest Mardi Gras on the horizon

Mardi Gras is always a festive time in Hillcrest and this year we’re helping customers to explore the neighborhood with Hillcrest Fat Tuesday party busses. The festive and decorated busses will be a party unto themselves and they’ll tour customers around Hillcrest on the Saturday before Hillcrest Fat Tuesday from 6pm-11pm! At each stop there will be vendors, performers, and promotions! Please fill out the attached form to participate. Bus sponsorship opportunities are also available.

We’re hoping to grow Mardi Gras weekend (Saturday through Tuesday) into a destination event for Hillcrest. We’re going to showcase all the fun activities that are already going on in Hillcrest! Customers on the bus tour will collect signature beads at each participating location. Anyone that collects all the beads will win prizes! At each stop on the bus route sign-posts will direct customers to participating businesses. As a business participant, you can either host a promotion in your store or set up a vendor location at the bus stop. Please fill out the attached form to participate

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There’s still time to sign up for Hillcrest’s Holiday Promotions

There are many ways for HBA members to get involved this holiday season.  Pick a promotion that’s right for your business.

Shop Hillcrest For The Holidays

For the holidays this season, give back to your community and let it give back to you! Every time you shop locally you could win.

Shopping in Hillcrest for the holidays is a fabulous way to support locally owned and operated Hillcrest businesses. To top it off, every time you dine and shop at participating businesses you’ll be entered for a chance to win big…

HOW IT WORKS: This holiday season, Hillcrest retail shops and restaurants will be offering raffle tickets to customers who purchase items in their establishments throughout the Holiday season. Fill out the free raffle ticket with the required information. At the end of the holiday season, one lucky Hillcrest-shopper will win a minimum $2000 Fabulous Hillcrest shopping spree in Hillcrest gift cards and services!

SHOP Hillcrest for the Holidays is the best way to check everyone’s gift off your list and enter yourself into the gift-card drawing* all while supporting your local community. Look for posters around the neighborhood like the one pictured on the left for participating locations. (*Starting on November 25th -December 24th you can enter into the raffle at any of the participating locations.) Fill out the application form here!

Hillcrest Taste ‘n Tinis

Classic cocktail parties will have a new sparkle this season when one of San Diego’s most beloved neighborhoods serves up a festive way to enjoy the holiday season. On Thursday, December 14th, 2017 from 4 PM to 9 PM, take in the crisp winter air and holiday decorations, while you embark on a self-guided walking tour of attractive drinks, captivating eats and fabulous local shopping during Hillcrest Taste N’ Tinis!  Participants will also have a FREE photo op with our “Naughty Santa” and the ability to purchase an ugly sweater at the Rite Aid will call booth.

Business can still participate by signing up to provide free food samples or be one of our cocktail locations!  Click here to download the participation form.

Tickets available at: http://bit.ly/2ietqdI

Shop Small Saturday

On November 25th, the first 200 shoppers to present a receipt at our Welcome Station with any Hillcrest purchase over $15 made on that day will receive a free Small Business Saturday Gift Bag* filled gift certificates, promotional items, information and more!

Each gift bag will be filled with at least $50 in discounts/gift cards to Hillcrest businesses! Additionally, for every receipt you show from ANY Hillcrest purchase, you will receive an entry into our Shop Hillcrest For The Holidays Shopping Spree totaling over $2,000! Our Shop Small Welcome Station is located at the corner of 5th and Robinson at the Rite Aid parking lot! Look for our tent and balloons! We will be there from 9am until 4pm with scheduled speakers and performers at 10am!

Scheduled to speak is Councilmember Chris Ward, alongside performers Cheer San Diego! Be sure to bring some money and get your ugly sweaters too! Live & Let Live Alano Club will once again join us to offer their ugly sweaters! 100% of the proceeds from the ugly sweaters benefit drug and alcohol recovery programs at the Live & Let Live Alano Club.  Businesses wishing to participate should contact Eddie Reynoso eddie@Hillcrestbia.org

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