FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Solutia to Become Title Sponsor of Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis
Local Special Needs Instructional Sports Program Named Benefiting Charity
ST. LOUIS, January 24, 2011 -- Solutia Inc. (NYSE: SOA) today announced its
title sponsorship of the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon in
St. Louis to benefit Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK). The Rock 'n'
Roll Marathon series, managed by San Diego-based Competitor Group, Inc., is
famous for its live bands, cheerleaders and block party atmosphere.
"Solutia is proud to partner with the City of St. Louis to be a title
sponsor for Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis," said Jeffry N. Quinn, chairman,
president and chief executive officer of Solutia Inc. "At Solutia, we
believe in promoting exercise as one way of achieving a healthy work-life
balance, and we look forward to being part of an event that promotes
business, fun and fitness in St. Louis."
"We are also very pleased that TASK will be the benefiting nonprofit
organization from the event," said Quinn, an avid marathoner and father of
a child with special needs. "Solutia believes all kids and young adults
should have access to safe, healthy activities, and we're proud to partner
with TASK to help make that a reality in the St. Louis area."
TASK provides sports and recreational activities for St. Louis-area
children and young adults with special needs.
"We're excited to spread the word about TASK and look forward to being a
part of the Solutia Rock 'n' Roll event," said Deb Fruend, founder and
director of TASK.
More than 15,000 runners are expected to participate in St. Louis'
inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon on October 23, 2011. A free
two-day expo will be held Friday and Saturday, and the event weekend will
conclude with a post-race concert at the finish line. Past acts at Rock 'n'
Roll Marathons in other cities have included SEAL, INXS, Journey, B-52s,
Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels.
"We're more excited than ever about our launch of the Rock 'n' Roll brand
in St. Louis, and a partnership with one of the city's most prominent
companies makes this a true community event, " said Peter Englehart, CEO of
Competitor Group. "Together with Solutia and our benefiting charity, TASK,
we look forward to making the Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon a
Midwest tradition while continuing to work for a greater cause, adding to
the $243 million already raised through Rock 'n' Roll Series events since
For more information, visit Competitor.com
Pictured from left to right: David O'Connell, Competitor Group VP; Hon.
Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis; Jeff Quinn, CEO of Solutia; Sean Clottu,
Competitor Group, VP; and U.S. Olympian Alan Culpepper. (credit: Peter
About TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids)
Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit 501(c)3, year-round
instructional sports program that provides athletic and social
opportunities to help build self-esteem and social skills for kids with
special needs. For more information, visit http://tasksports.org
About Competitor Group, Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) 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 endurance events, including the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Series, TriRock Triathlon Series and Columbia Muddy Buddy Series; which
will deliver more than 400,000 professional and amateur participants in
2011. CGI publishes four magazine titles including VeloNews, Inside
Triathlon, Triathlete and Competitor magazine with a combined monthly
circulation of more than 800,000. In addition, the company holds a captive
online endurance community at competitor.com delivering over 1.5 million
monthly unique visitors and 25 million page views. Further information
about Competitor and its media properties can be found at
Solutia is a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals
company. The company focuses on providing solutions for a better life
through a range of products, including: Saflex® polyvinyl butyral
interlayers for glass lamination and for photovoltaic module encapsulation
and VISTASOLAR® ethylene vinyl acetate films for photovoltaic module
encapsulation; LLumar®, VistaTM, EnerLogicTM, FormulaOne®, Gila®, V-KOOL®,
Hüper Optik®, IQue<TM, Sun-XTM and NanoluxTM aftermarket performance films
for automotive and architectural applications; FlexvueTM advanced film
component solutions for solar and electronic technologies; and technical
specialties products including Crystex® insoluble sulfur, Santoflex® PPD
antidegradants, Therminol® heat transfer fluids and Skydrol® aviation
hydraulic fluids. Solutia's businesses are world leaders in each of their
market segments. With its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the
company operates globally with approximately 3,400 employees in more than
50 worldwide locations. More information is available at www.Solutia.com.