First Chicago Rock 'n' Roll half marathon set for August
Posted Mar 11 2009 3:03pm
Chicago, Ill - The first running of the Rock ‘n' Roll Chicago is set
for Sunday, August 2, 2009. Formerly known as the Chicago Distance
Classic, the 13.1-mile race course will include live bands along the
route, in its first iteration as a Rock ‘n' Roll event.
"The flat course and timing of the event will be ideal for runners
planning to compete in the Chicago Marathon," said Elizabeth O' Brien,
the event' s General Manager. "The local community has always welcomed
the half-marathon with open arms and we are excited to become a part of
the tradition of the distance classic and show the Chicago community
how fun a Rock ‘n' Roll event can be." Race weekend kicks off Friday,
July 31 with
a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place, which is
open to the public. The Expo, where all participants must pick up their
bib number and race packet, will feature over 100 exhibitors with
samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as full
series of interactive clinics.
The race' s tentative course is slated to begin on Columbus, south of
Congress at 6:30 am. The finish line will also be located on Columbus
between Roosevelt and Balbo. The event concludes with a post race party
and concert, which will take place on an outdoor stage inside Grant
Park at Lower Hutchinson field.
In addition to live bands rockin' along the course, participants will
receive blue Sugoi technical t-shirts when they pick up their race
packets. The race is also pleased to announce the Chicago Hilton as the
event' s official headquarter hotel, a convenient option for runners
with the hotel just steps from both the start and finish line.
The Rock ‘n' Roll Chicago is now part of a national series of nine
musically themed marathons and half marathons. The series, which
originated in San Diego, now includes events in Seattle, San Antonio,
Phoenix, Virginia Beach, Las Vegas, San Jose and Nashville. The
phenomenal number of participants and musical influence combine to make
each Rock ‘n' Roll event a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole
For more information on Rock ‘n' Roll Chicago or to register online, please visit http://www.rnrchicago.com/ or call (800) 311-1255.