Pittsburgh, PA – March 21, 2012 – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) ), organizers of the Rock N Roll Marathon series, today announced Pittsburgh as the newest Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon destination beginning next year. The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Pittsburgh Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2013.
“We’re excited to welcome nearly 12,000 runners from around the world to the City of Pittsburgh next August. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is an excellent opportunity to show why National Geographic Traveler named Pittsburgh a ‘Best of the World’ place to visit,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
The musically themed race series combines live, local bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders, and spectator-lined streets, taking runners on a 13.1-mile tour through one of America’s iconic cities. The race will promote Pittsburgh as a destination city, highlighting its landmarks, unique neighborhoods and scenic riverfront.
Estimates project more than 50 percent of event participants will travel from out of town and the event could fill 5,000 hotel rooms in the Pittsburgh area, providing an economic impact of $8 million for restaurants, shops and other local businesses in its first year.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series to Pittsburgh,” commented Craig Davis, President & CEO of VisitPittsburgh. “Competitor Group is known for organizing world class events and it’s an exciting opportunity to put Pittsburgh on display for runners from across the country, while also promoting health and fitness in our community.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series now runs in 29 cities across the world, with events held in the U.S. and four international destinations. The events create a community wide celebration by combining on course entertainment with a finish line festival and post race concert. Past Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon concert headliners have included Cheap Trick, Blues Traveler, Pitbull, B-52s, Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, which will showcase the latest in running products and services with interactive clinics from fitness experts. Registration and route information will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit Competitor.com.
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