New spring Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in Dallas unveiled
Posted Jun 07 2009 10:02pm
Dallas, TX – Competitor Group, organizers of the Rock
‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, and the Dallas White Rock Marathon have
announced a multi-year partnership agreement to host an annual spring
half marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon is set for
Sunday, March 14, 2010 and is expected to draw between 12,000 and
“From 5ks to marathons, Dallas is a city that
loves to race and run,” said Mayor Tom Leppert, who joined U.S. 50k
record holder Josh Cox in making the announcement on National Running
Day. “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is clearly a premier, national event.
We are certain the thousands of runners who participate next year will
discover why Dallas is such a great place to run.”
the existing Rock ‘n’ Roll markets of Arizona, Nashville, San Diego,
Seattle, Chicago, Virginia Beach, San Jose, San Antonio and Las Vegas.
The half marathon will be the tenth event in the national series of
musically themed marathons and half-marathons, which include live
bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations at each mile along the
“This partnership enables the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Series to continue rolling out additional events in key markets,” said
Peter Englehart, CEO of the Competitor Group. “The Dallas White Rock
Marathon shares our commitment to providing runners with an outstanding
experience, which was an important consideration when we began forming
this multi-year agreement. The March timing for a stand alone half
marathon works perfectly with our national event schedule.”
for the Dallas event is open on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
website http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/dallas. The first 500
runners to register online will receive a special entry fee of $50.
The half marathon registration fee is $85 through November 30.
welcomes the opportunity to host the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon,” said
Phillip Jones, President and CEO, Dallas Convention & Visitors
Bureau. “Over the years, Dallas has built an impressive resume as a
host city of marquee sporting events including another world-class
race, the Dallas White Rock Marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
will introduce visitors from around the world to Dallas’ amazing
accommodations, 13 entertainment districts and distinct dining as well
as the largest urban arts district in the nation and the best shopping
in the Southwest.”
Race weekend will begin at the Dallas
Convention Center with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all
participants must go to pick up their race packets. The expo will also
feature more than one hundred running and fitness retailers, exhibits
and interactive clinics.
"For 40 runnings, the Dallas White
Rock Marathon has been an exciting tradition for the city of Dallas.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon is another opportunity to
encourage health and fitness in our community," said Marcus Grunewald,
executive race director for the Dallas White Rock Marathon. "We' re also
thrilled that Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which is the
primary beneficiary of the Dallas White Rock Marathon, will benefit
from the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon as well."
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) will remain the primary
beneficiary of the half marathon. The partnership with the Competitor
Group continues to provide support for TSRHC to continue providing the
highest quality medical care to Texas children.
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been the primary beneficiary of
the Dallas White Rock Marathon for 12 years,” said Bob Walker,
executive vice president and administrator of Texas Scottish Rite
Hospital for Children. “It is great to be able to integrate the Rock
‘n’ Roll Half Marathon into the Dallas running community, offering one
more way to keep the community healthy and fit and ultimately
benefiting the patients at the hospital.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll
Marathon revolutionized the running industry in 1998 when it combined
entertainment with running. Live bands playing music at every mile
along the course are interspersed with themed water stations and high
school cheerleading squads providing motivation to the finish line.
With charity partners raising over $200 million at the events to date,
the Rock ‘n’ Roll series has become one the most successful charity
fundraising events in the world.
Keeping with the rock ‘n’ roll
theme, Dallas runners will be treated to a post-race concert after the
event. All participants and volunteers receive free entry to the
concert with their race number. Past acts at other Rock ‘n’ Roll series
events include SEAL, INXS, Journey, Chris Isaak, Goo Goo Dolls and the
About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Produced
by Competitor Group, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, launched 12
years ago in San Diego, is known for lining race routes with
cheerleaders, live bands and themed water stations which provide
inspiration for runners along the course. The annual event original
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego is still recognized for its record
inaugural race that brought 15,771 participants across the finish line.
Today, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has spread to ten
cities nationwide, creating the first national series of marathons and
half-marathons, which annually attract more than 200,000 participants.
The races are considered sports tourism destinations, with more than
half of the participants arriving from outside the host city. Event
weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, where all
participants must pick up their bib number and race packet. Over 100
exhibitors feature free samples, the latest in running gear and sports
apparel and interactive clinics. For more information, please visit