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Contact: Susan Reid / Audra Fleming
Jason Mraz to headline
P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona post-race concert
Don’t miss the party. Race registration increases on Monday, November 15th
TEMPE, Ariz. (Nov. 10, 2004) – Jason Mraz will rock Tempe Beach Park
when he headlines the second annual P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona
Marathon & ½ Marathon post-race concert the evening of January 9, 2005. His
performance caps a day that begins with the musical marathon and half
marathon road races that run through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Mraz has been celebrated as one of the most gifted young
singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years. The Virginia-born musician
spent his late-teens performing his songs on the streets of New York City,
eventually moving to California in 1999. Settling in San Diego, Mraz became
a leading light in the city’s world-renowned coffeehouse scene. Word of his
compelling blend of folk, pop, hip-hop, and roots-rock soon spread, and in
2002, Mraz released his Elektra debut, Waiting For My Rocket To Come,
featuring the hit single "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)."
He is entering the home stretch of work on his second studio album, the
eagerly awaited follow-up to his platinum 2002 debut. The acclaimed
singer/musician’s new set is being produced by Steve Lillywhite, who most
recently produced U2’s new album, and has worked with an extraordinary
range of artists over the years – including the Rolling Stones, Dave
Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and many others.
Having earned widespread acclaim for his captivating live performances,
Mraz has headlined a series of national tours, as well as shared stages
with Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Jewel, and others, playing
over 200 shows in 2003.
General admission tickets for the Jason Mraz concert may be purchased
online at, www.RnRaz.com, or at the pre-race Health & Fitness Expo, which
is open to the public, at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center Fri.,
Jan. 7 and Sat., Jan. 8. Additional ticket outlets will be announced at a
later date in November. All P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona race
participants receive free admission to the Jason Mraz concert.
P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona is the fourth in a series of musical
road races that feature a live band staged along every mile of the 26.2 and
13.1-mile race courses to provide runners and spectators with continuous
entertainment. Each event is capped with a national recording artist
headlining the post-race concert. Last year, the Grammy nominated Goo-Goo
Dolls rocked the Tempe Beach Park party. Past performers at the Rock 'n'
Roll Marathon, the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon and the Rock 'n'
Roll Half Marathon have included Sugar Ray, Chris Isaak, Counting Crows,
Martina McBride, and Jo Dee Messina.
Registration prices for the marathon and half-marathon will increase on
Monday, November 15th.
The P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon starts at 7:40 a.m.,
with the half marathon following at 8:30 a.m., on January 9. Both races
start at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park in downtown Phoenix, and merge for one
spectacular finish in downtown Tempe. Gates open for the evening
festivities at Tempe Beach Park at 5 p.m. with an opening act going on at 6
p.m. Jason Mraz takes the stage at 8 p.m. All seating will be general
admission. The concert location, located in downtown Tempe, is an outdoor
venue with grass seating.
To register for the race or for more information on P.F. Chang's Rock
'n' Roll Arizona, visit www.RnRaz.com, contact Elite Racing, Inc. at 5452
Oberlin Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 or call 858/450-6510.