FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Planned for San Antonio in 2008
A special early registration price is available through November 16 in
celebration of the race announcement
CHICAGO - (October 5, 2007) - Elite Racing, Inc., organizer of the Rock 'n'
Roll Marathon series have announced that the City of San Antonio will be
the new home of the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. The
inaugural race is set to run through San Antonio on Sunday, November 16,
2008 and will replace the city's existing marathon. Organizers expect to
draw more than 15,000 runners and walkers to the event, which will feature
70 live bands along the marathon and half-marathon courses.
"San Antonio's vibrant atmosphere and mild climate has made the city an
attractive destination for travelers during the fall and winter months,"
said John Solis, Assistant Executive Director of Marketing and Sales for
the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). "The Rock 'n' Roll
San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is a perfect event for active people
looking for an entertaining and recreational outlet as part of their visit
to the city. Since San Antonio is a top destination for travelers from the
state of Illinois, it was important for both the San Antonio CVB and Elite
Racing to reach the running community here in Chicago. Many of the runners
participating in the Chicago Marathon may also want to add San Antonio to
their annual running schedule."
Online registration is officially opened at a special rate of $65 for the
marathon and $55 for the half-marathon available through Friday, November
The Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is now part of a
national series of seven musically themed marathons and half-marathons
produced annually by Elite Racing. The 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses will run
past many of the city's historic sites and parks, while featuring live
bands and cheerleaders positioned at each mile. Organizers plan to unveil
the new courses in early 2008.
"We are thrilled to have this world-class sporting event become a highlight
on San Antonio's list of outstanding annual attractions," said Dr. Susan
Blackwood, executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation. "Our
city is known for its four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, and now it
will be recognized as a great venue for running."
The Alamodome, a frequent host of NCAA Championship tournaments including
the 2008 NCAA Men's Final Four, will also be the home for many of the
events surrounding the race. Race weekend begins with a two-day Health &
Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number. The
expo will feature more than one hundred running and fitness retailers,
exhibits and clinics.
After crossing the finish line outside the Alamodome, runners will go
inside that evening for the post-race concert - a celebration recognizing
the participants' accomplishments. All runners and walkers receive free
entry to the concert with their race number. Past acts at other Elite
Racing events include SEAL, INXS, Journey, Chris Isaac, Ozomatli and Hootie
& the Blowfish.
"Having just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rock 'n Roll Marathon
in San Diego, Calif., adding San Antonio to Elite Racing's family shows our
dedication to growing the musical marathon series. The City of San Antonio
has embraced the musical marathon concept with enthusiasm," said Bruce
Herring, president of Elite Racing. "We look forward to welcoming many of
our loyal rock 'n' roll alumni and offering a host of new runners with the
opportunity to challenge themselves in fantastic city and two scenic
Elite Racing is pleased to partner with several organizations including the
City of San Antonio, the San Antonio CVB, San Antonio Road Runners, RunTex
and Soler's Sports.
For more information or to register online for the Rock 'n' Roll San
Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, please visit: RnRsa.com