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Rock 'N' Roll Marathon draws supporters, traffic

Sunday - 3/16/2014, 8:25am  ET

2014 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Runners traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2014 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

WASHINGTON -- It's one of the first signs of spring and a major headache for drivers in D.C.

As the Rock n' Roll Marathon weaved its way through the city Saturday, there were plenty of race road closures and scores of unhappy drivers. About 25,000 runners were expected to take part in this year's road run, which began at 7:30 a.m. near 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in Northwest.

"I like rock n roll," says Andrew Jensen, of Arlington. He's running the race solo this year after his wife ditched him. Sort of.

"Well, I can only last about a few minutes running and have to begin walking again," wife Sutton Jensen says with a laugh. She is six-and-a-half months pregnant.

Participants run the race for different reasons. Amie Kalsbeek is running in honor of her late husband, John Kalsbeek. "It means the world to me," she says of her decision to run. "He was my best friend."

John and Amie were running partners in college on the Navy Academy Marathon Team. And that's the team she was running with on Saturday.

"I'm running for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and running for him with my old team," she says.

Also running the race was a military heavyweight, Admiral James Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. He's running with people who work in his office.

"We use this as a morale builder," Winnefeld says, "and we also get to keep in shape."

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