FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group Buys
Banco Popular Chicago Half Marathon
Popular Landmark Event Changes Ownership,
Provides Infrastructure for Growth
(CHICAGO June 12, 2008) – The Banco Popular Chicago Half Marathon, one of
Chicago's marquee half marathons held each fall, has been acquired by US
Road Sports and Entertainment Group (US Road Sports), based in Dallas,
Commenting on the addition of the Banco Popular Chicago Half Marathon to
its family of events, Greg Laird, president of US Road Sports, shared, "We
are thrilled to be in Chicago, one of the great sports cities in the world.
The people of Chicago and the surrounding communities embody the true
spirit and passion of running, the same passion we share and that is at the
core of our business. We plan to give Chicago a world class event that the
city, every runner and each of our sponsors is proud to be a part of."
Robert Pozo, executive race director of US Road Sports, commented, "Our
runners and sponsors will begin to see some changes from last year which we
think they will really enjoy. Our host hotel this year is the W Hotel and
the expo will be held at the Navy Pier. We could not be more excited about
working with these two new terrific venues."
"It was critically important to Devine Racing that we sold the Banco
Popular Chicago Half Marathon to a group that would be a good steward of a
true Chicago franchise. The team from US Road Sports is establishing itself
as a preeminent producer of running and endurance events in the country. I
welcome them to Chicago and look forward to many great years ahead," said
Chris Devine of Devine Racing.
US Road Sports is committed to building local races with a national, proven
and financially stable production team along with reliable infrastructure
that highlights the best of each community. In addition to the Banco
Popular Chicago Half Marathon, the sports management company produces the
ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon, the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Running Series and the recently added
ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.
Registration for the Banco Popular Chicago Half Marathon is currently open.
The event has sold out each of the last two years. Registration information
can be found at www.chicagohalfmarathon.com.