The music of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

On Saturday morning, Rock 'n' Roll Marathon runners will race past  the Lincoln Memorial, across the Memorial Bridge, through Columbia Heights and Dupont Circle. And at every mile along the course, the 30,000 participants will be treated to motivational jams.

Yes, they take their "rock" moniker seriously. Thirty-five local music acts, ranging from surprisingly awesome/adorable pre-adolescent rockers Throwing Wenches to fierce lady-led drum corps Batala will dot the course, strumming, thumping and yodeling for the enjoyment of runners-by.


Not everyone took their 26.2-mile run so seriously during last year's Rock 'n'Roll  Marathon. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Tomorrow's weather is likely to be uncomfortably soggy, but Dan Cruz, a spokesman for the race, assured us that, like the race itself, the shows will go on; the 26 stages along the course will be covered by tents, making the drizzle an issue only for the runners. Want to imagine what sounds will blare from the corner of Harvard and Fifth streets NW at 9:30 a.m. as the competitors blaze past?  Just check out videos from a few of the acts:

Throwing Wenches
Where to find them: Mile 17.8; First Street NW and Potomac Avenue SW

Batala
Where to find them: Mile 8, Harvard and Fifth streets NW

Oh So Peligroso

Where to find them: Mile 15.9, Ninth Street and Maine Avenue SW

The Grandsons
Where to find them: Mile 11.4, 1207 H St. NE.

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Lavanya Ramanathan is a professional eater/drinker/thinker for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. University of Texas. Northwestern University. Rap fan.
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