San Diego, CA – January 2, 2018 – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), operators of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, today announced that Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF), one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies, will become the new title partner for the 15th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, which returns January 12-14, 2018.
In addition to renewing as a Series Partner in 2018, Synchrony Financial also signed on for the second consecutive year as a title partner for the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon, which will take place on June 2-3, 2018. Synchrony Financial will have employee teams running in each title market.
“We are thrilled to add another title event to our partnership with Synchrony Financial,” said John Smith, SVP of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “Having a brand like Synchrony Financial as a leading consumer financial institution looking to empower others adds to our message. Together we can help runners enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.”
“Whether you’re running for fun or fitness, everyone has their own unique ambition for being involved in the Rock ‘n’ Roll races across the country,” said Bart Schaller, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Synchrony Financial. “We’re proud to sponsor this event in Arizona, where we have a large employee base, as it not only promotes a healthy, active lifestyle but it also is a great way to support a vibrant community where we live, work and play.”
The fast and scenic courses will give runners a first-class tour of the desert cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Runners can rock to the sounds of live, local bands, along with enthusiastic cheerleaders to keep participants moving. The event concludes with a post-race concert and finish line festival. New in 2018, Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona is adding a 1 Mile race Friday night before the event, kicking off a weekend of fun and fitness.
American rock band, Everclear, has been announced as the headliner for the 2018 Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. It’s been 20 years since Everclear released their 1997 multiplatinum smash So Much For The Afterglow, yet the album remains a beloved fan favorite and continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans today. Formed by Art Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 10 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, for the Afterglow track “El Distorto de Melodica.”
For more information about Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona or to register for the event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Arizona.
About Synchrony Financial
Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) is one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. Our roots in consumer finance trace back to 1932, and today we are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables.* We provide a range of credit products through programs we have established with a diverse group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare service providers to help generate growth for our partners and offer financial flexibility to our customers. Through our partners’ over 365,000 locations across the United States and Canada, and their websites and mobile applications, we offer our customers a variety of credit products to finance the purchase of goods and services. Synchrony Financial offers private label credit cards, Dual Card™, and general purpose co-branded credit cards, promotional financing and installment lending, loyalty programs and FDIC-insured savings products through Synchrony Bank. More information can be found at www.synchronyfinancial.com, facebook.com/SynchronyFinancial, www.linkedin.com/company/synchrony-financial and twitter.com/SYFNews.
* Source: The Nilson Report (June 2017, Issue # 1112) – based on 2016 data.
About Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon
The 15th annual Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon will take place the weekend of January 12 – 14, 2018. The fast and scenic courses will give runners a first-class tour of the desert cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Runners can rock to the sounds of live, local bands, along with enthusiastic cheerleaders to keep participants moving. The event concludes with a post-race concert and finish line festival. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13. The Expo will have numerous vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training tips. To register for the race or for more information, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Arizona or follow us on Twitter @RunRocknRoll.
About Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon
The 21st annual Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon will run through San Diego over the weekend of June 2-3, 2018. The race is known for lining the course with live bands and cheerleaders interspersed with themed water stations along each mile of the route. Runners and spectators can celebrate their accomplishments at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series in Waterfront Park. The original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 1998 is still recognized as the largest inaugural marathon in U.S. history with 19,979 entrants. A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the San Diego Convention Center kicks off race weekend, featuring more than 80 fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Headliner Concert. Over the 20-year history of the race, runners have raised more than $320 million for charities. For more information about the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, please visit RunRocknRoll.com.
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