FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Competitor Group Announces Two New Rock 'n' Roll Markets
Providence and Savannah Expand Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
to Sixteen Events in 2011
San Diego, CA – August 4, 2010 – The Competitor Group (CGI), the leading
media and event company in the endurance sports industry, today announced
two new markets for the 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. The Rock 'n'
Roll Providence Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2011 and
the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon is scheduled for
Saturday, November 5, 2011.
"This is a significant step for the Competitor Group to expand the reach of
our brand nationally with two of the most well-known destinations on the
east coast," said Peter Englehart, CEO of CGI. "We have long recognized the
strategic importance of having a larger presence in both New England and
the Southeast regions and we welcome the additions of Providence and
Savannah to our 2011 schedule."
The addition of the two races increases CGI's portfolio of national events
to 45 with over 400,000 participants expected in 2011. Since acquiring the
popular Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series in 2008, CGI has expanded the brand
from five events to sixteen markets across the country. Providence and
Savannah join existing cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and
Dallas on the series schedule.
"It's a real coup for Rhode Island to host a Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon,"
said Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of the Providence Warwick
Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It has a profound economic impact on every
destination that hosts a race. We expect that the Providence event will
utilize close to 5,000 hotel room nights, as well as generate significant
state tax revenue from dining, shopping and other activities."
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon revolutionized the endurance sports industry
when it combined entertainment with running in 1998. Race participants are
entertained by live bands playing music at every mile along the course,
interspersed with themed water stations and cheerleading squads providing
motivation to the finish line.
Each race annually attracts between 13,000 and 37,000 participants and is
considered a sports tourism destination, with more than half of the
participants arriving from outside the host city. With charity partners
raising over $233 million at the events to date, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Series has become one the most successful charity fundraising platforms in
"Our community is excited about this opportunity to showcase a world-class
running event in Savannah," said Joseph Marinelli, President of the
Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I applaud the Competitor Group for their
support of this race and vision in bringing this event to fruition. We have
great expectations for the race and to have a partner with a first-rate
brand, known for their top notch entertainment, is not only exciting but
synonymous with what visitors to Savannah have come to expect."
Registration is open for each event on competitor.com and the first 500
runners to register online will receive a special entry fee of $55.
About The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
Organized by the Competitor Group, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is
known for lining race routes with live bands, cheerleaders and themed water
stations. The original Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 1998 is still recognized
as the largest inaugural marathon in history with 19,979 entrants. Today,
the series of marathons and half-marathons has spread to sixteen markets
nationwide, creating the world's premier series of running events, which
will attract more than 350,000 participants in 2011. Race weekends kick off
with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, where all participants pick up their
race number and browse over 100 exhibitors featuring free samples, the
latest in running gear with a schedule of interactive clinics. The event
concludes with a finish line festival and post race headliner concert. For
more information, please visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com.
About The Competitor Group
Competitor Group, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, CA, is the leading
endurance media and event entertainment company dedicated to promoting the
sports of running, cycling and triathlon. CGI owns and operates 45 national
events delivering more than 350,000 professional and amateur participants
in 2010. CGI publishes four magazine titles with a combined monthly
circulation of over 800,000 and has recently launched an online endurance
community at competitor.com delivering over 1.5 million monthly unique
visitors and over 25 million page views. Further information about
Competitor and its media properties can be found at www.cgimediakit.com.