Carbon Leaf to Headline 2019 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon

January 21st, 2019

Carbon Leaf to Headline 2019 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon

TAMPA, Fla. / WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Saturday, March 9, Carbon Leaf will headline the eighth edition of the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll® Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon, continuing its strong tradition of Bringing the Fun to the Run™ with great music at the core. The energetic post-race concert will cap of a day of great racing, great music and all-around fun throughout the nation’s Capital.  

Through 25 years together, Carbon Leaf’s independent music and spirit have continued to resonate with its fans after releasing 17 albums and performing over 2,400 live shows . The band has created an authentic bond between the band members and their audience. Blending rock, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and Americana traditions into a high-energy style the group calls ether-electrified porch music, the popular Virginia based quintet’s poetic songs are brought to life with acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and rich vocal harmony. Having toured with bands such as Jason Mraz, Blues Traveler, The Avett Brothers, Carbon Leaf is best known for the song “Life Less Ordinary”, which debuted in 2004.

“We are excited to bring Carbon Leaf’s truly unique and vibrant sound to the nation’s Capital this year,” said  Audra Tassone, Northeast Regional Director for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®. “Runners and spectators alike are sure to be treated to a fantastic performance as they cross the finish line this coming March. This year’s United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC is a ‘must’ race for anyone who love running in DC metro area.” 

The musically themed United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon, known for Bringing the Fun to the Run™, will return to the Capital for its eighth year and is expected to bring thousands of runners to the region. As the only marathon to run completely within the District of Columbia, participants will get the chance to run through the streets of our nation’s Capital and pass many distinguished monuments, buildings, and national symbols. Live bands will also be performing along the course, interspersed with themed water stations all the way to the finish line outside of RFK Stadium where Carbon Leaf will perform. 

Race weekend kicks off with the free Health & Fitness Expo where runners can pick up their race weekend packet. Exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information, and much more. The Expo takes place on Thursday, March 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Located at The DC Armory, the Expo is free and open to the public. 

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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.


As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit 

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Carbon Leaf to Headline 2019 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon & ½ Marathon

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