By Michelle Poveda
This will be the ninth year in a row that local classic rock band Loss of Control rocks out at the rock 'n' Roll Marathon.
"The reason we come back, first and foremost, is for the charities they support. And second because it's just a blast," says Jason Lee, the band's lead singer. He says the toughest part about performing for more than four hours at this legendary marathon (other than the 5 a.m. start time) is "keeping the energy up."
Bands of various genres will perform on 26 stages along the 26.2-mile course, entertaining the more than 30,000 runners expected to compete in the race Sunday, June 3. "If they can do that, the least I can do is keep them motivated. All I gotta do is rock 'n' roll," Lee says.
For 15 years, the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon has been making running fun. Event director Kari Logan calls the event a 26.2 mile block party" that draws participants and spectators from across the country and around the world. "People will combo this event with their vacations," she says. "They'll hang out in the Gaslamp and SeaWorld. It's a great event for San Diego tourism."
Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which the marathon helped to raise more than $100,000 last year. Logan hopes to improve on that number this year. Rock 'n' Roll, for body and soul.