Race weekend returns June 17 – 18 with new Saturday 5K at Tukwila’s Museum of Flight; Participants who run the 5K and any distance Sunday will earn three medals; Marathon and half marathon will debut new stadium to stadium route
SEATTLE – June 16, 2017 – The 9th annual Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon, a signature Seafair Event returns this weekend (June 17 – 18). For the first time in the event’s history it will feature two days of racing with the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by Brooks taking place on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. and the marathon and half marathon on Sunday, June 18, which takes off at 6:30 a.m. More than 18,000 participants from all 50 states and 30 countries will toe the start line at Seattle’s premier running event.
“With the addition of the second day of running and new stadium to stadium course, race weekend in Seattle will be bigger than ever before,” said Alex Bennett, Vice President of Events of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “The 5K will also provide another opportunity for runners and walkers of all levels while keeping the party going all weekend long. We look forward to cheering on all of our participants from start to finish.”
The new Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon course will take off from Montlake Blvd. before crossing over Montlake Bridge. Next, runners will head through Washington Park Arboretum followed by Madison Park neighborhood where they will be greeted by beautiful views of Lake Washington. The race will continue with marathon racers breaking off towards Seward Park before joining half marathon participants on Rainier. The marathon will then continue on the Viaduct. Both courses will finish at CenturyLink Field.
“This is a spectacular event, and Alaska Airlines is excited for runners to experience our hometown along the beautiful race route,” said Kelley Winn, Manager, Brand Sponsorships & Partnership Marking of Alaska Airlines. “Runners should be on the lookout for our amazing employee volunteers, an on-course DJ booth, and some mid-race motivation from Alaska.”
In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands spanning all music genres will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival featuring Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner Mayer Hawthorne outside CenturyLink Field.
The 5K will start and finish in Tukwila at The Museum of Flight and will feature a flat and fast course on E Marginal Way. As with any Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, live entertainment will keep the energy high along the 3.1 mile course with a finish line festival greeting runners at the end. All 5K participants will receive free admission to The Museum of Flight on race day and their guests will receive 10 percent off admission.
With a second day of racing added, participants will now be able to take the Remix Challenge. Anyone who completes the Saturday 5K and the marathon or half marathon on Sunday will earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medal.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where runners can find the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. The Expo takes place at CenturyLink Field Event Center on Friday, June 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public.
For more information about Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle or to register for the event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Seattle.
About Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon
Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon, a signature Seafair Event will take place the weekend of June 17 – 18, 2017. Runners can rock to the sounds of live, local bands along the course, keeping them motivated from start to finish. The event concludes with a finish line festival and concert. Runners who complete Sunday’s marathon or half marathon and Saturday’s 5K will earn a special Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at CenturyLink Field Event Center on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17. 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/Seattle or follow us on Twitter @RunRocknRoll.
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