Thousands take part in PF Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on January 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 10:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Twenty-seven thousand marathoners, half-marathoners, relay runners and for the first time, bicyclists, pounded the pavement this year for the PF Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.
 
“I'm out here running 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money for pancreatic cancer and the pancreatic cancer action network in honor of my father who lost his battle in 2010,” said Julie Weiss, who ran the full marathon.
 
In its 10th year, the Rock and Roll Marathon didn't disappoint those who participated.
 
“It was great. The course was pretty and just everybody was real helpful,” said Evie Brown, who also ran the full marathon.
 
The full marathon, which is 26.2 miles, weaved through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Along the way, live music, cheerleaders of all ages and fans lined the streets to cheer people on.

It all came to an end at Sun Devil Stadium.
 
“It was good, beautiful day outside, nice little casual run, so I can't complain,” said Tino Kehagias who tackled the 26.2 mile course.
 
While race times weren't expected to hit record lows, it was just the opposite for the volunteer number.

More than 2,500 people showed up just to help out. It was the most ever during a PF Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon.
 
“I would definitely recommend this one, I have never done this one before, it's a beautiful day and there are just so many people and everyone is cheering on the sidelines, it's a great run,” said Kristin Braley after running the full marathon.

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