FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEATTLE IS READY TO ROCK 'N' ROLL
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to be signature event of Seafair in
Seattle, WA - August 5, 2008 - The Competitor Group, organizers of the Rock
'n' Roll Marathon series, announced today that Seattle will be the next
home of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. The inaugural race is set
to kick off the city's annual Seafair summer celebration, and will travel
from Tukwila to Seattle on Saturday, June 27, 2009.
The race is expected to draw between 15,000 - 20,000 runners and walkers
and feature over 70 live bands along the marathon and half-marathon
courses. Online registration is open at www.rnrseattle.com.
"The Rock 'n' Roll Seattle will be staged in conjunction with the city's
annual Seafair festival," said Peter Englehart, Chief Executive Officer of
the Competitor Group. "We are excited about hosting an inaugural field of
between 15,000 - 20,000 runners, plus we'll be bringing not only our
standard backdrop of having a rock 'n roll band stationed at every mile
along the race course, but also a world-class health and fitness expo as
well as a headliner concert."
The Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is now part of a national
series of eight musically themed marathons and half-marathons. The 26.2 and
13.1-mile courses will run past many of the city's notable sites and
tourist attractions and feature live bands and cheerleaders along the
courses at each mile. Organizers plan to unveil the half and full marathon
courses later in 2008.
"The race will begin in suburban Tukwila, proceed along the shores of Lake
Washington and offer scenic views of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier before
finishing in downtown Seattle at Qwest field," added Englehart.
Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, will be the location of both the
finish line and the Health & Fitness Expo. The two-day Health & Fitness
Expo that precedes each and every musical marathon will host over one
hundred running and fitness retailers, exhibits and clinics.
"The 2009 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will be a great opportunity for us to
showcase Seattle in the summer, especially since it will be broadcast
nationally on Fox Sports Net," said Beth Knox, Executive Director of
Seafair. "We're excited to show the world what makes Seattle an ideal
vacation city, and know that the race will be the perfect kickoff to our
Its phenomenal number of participants and musical influence combine to make
the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon a one-of-a-kind event for the whole family. The
Seattle race will begin in Tukwila, a suburb located approximately 10 miles
south of the downtown core.
After crossing the finish line outside of Qwest Field, runners will be
treated to a post-race headliner concert Saturday night at Mary Moor Park
in honor of the participants' accomplishments. All runners, walkers and
event volunteers receive free entry to the concert with their race number.
Past acts at other Rock 'n' Roll Marathons include SEAL, INXS, Journey,
Chris Isaak, Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie & the Blowfish.
Local bands and high school cheer squads interested in performing along the
course may go to www.rnrseattle.com for information about submitting press
kits and bios. For more information or to register online for the Rock 'n'
Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon please visit www.rnrseattle.com.