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There is a great opportunity to observe efficient and inefficient strides next Sunday, June 3. It’s called the Rock n’ Roll Marathon -- you may have heard of it.

The event starts on Sixth Avenue at Quince Street at 6:15 a.m. By 9 a.m, all of the “elites” should have finished.

That means if you want to see the efficient strides you need to get up at the butt-crack of dawn and jostle your way down to Balboa Park or you get up around 7:30 and meander down to East Mission Bay Park and position yourself somewhere between mile 20 and 26.2.

Miles 23 through 25 are out on Fiesta Island with the finish at the east side of the Sea World parking lot. These are the miles were the drama happens.

The elites will come breezing through with their feathery strides and will be followed by group after group of decaying abilities. It is fascinating to watch the difference in the strides of the runners as the clock continues to tick.

Who knows, if you stay long enough, you might see enough average looking folks to inspire you to give it a go next year.

Course Map: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/files/2012/03/SD_12_CourseMap.pdf

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