Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon Set for Saturday, October 5, 2013
Cleveland, OH – July 31, 2012 – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, today announced a new partnership with Positively Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to bring the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series to Ohio’s music Mecca in Cleveland. The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013.
“It’s a natural partnership to combine the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series with the nostalgia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the City of Cleveland. While running a race may be the focus of our events, participants have truly come to love and expect impressive musical performances along the course and at the finish line to encourage them and celebrate the day’s accomplishments,” said Peter Englehart, Chairman of CGI. “We anticipate that runners from near and far will appreciate all that Cleveland has to offer, reveling in the experience of live rock music infused into a high-spirited road race.”
The new half-marathon will start downtown at the Rock Hall, an iconic landmark that educates visitors, fans and scholars about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. Registration for the Cleveland event is open at Competitor.com, with a special entry fee of $55 for the first 500 runners. All participants will also have the option to purchase a season, weekend, or day admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“We’re thrilled to welcome this marathon to the Rock and Roll Capital of the World,” said Terry Stewart, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “This is yet another wonderful event that reminds people near and far that Cleveland is an excellent destination and that Cleveland Rocks.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is famous for entertainment along the route and rocking post race concerts at the finish line. Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland promises a scenic destination event for runners and walkers of all abilities, showcasing the lakefront views and notable landmarks throughout the city including Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena and the Great Lakes Science Center, among other attractions.
“During its first year in Cleveland, we expect the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon to draw a significant number of out-of-town participants who will support hotels, restaurants and other local businesses within the city’s travel and tourism community,” said David Gilbert, President/CEO of Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Both Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are excited to support this new event, which will be a great complement to the many visitor-friendly activities held here in Cleveland.”
In true Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon fashion, the Cleveland event will feature live local bands, with several hand-picked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performing on stages along every mile of the scenic course. Additionally, cheerleaders and themed water stations are interspersed throughout the course. The race experience concludes with a major headliner concert at the finish line.
For more information or to register for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon, please visit Competitor.com.
About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
Organized by Competitor Group, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is the ‘World’s Largest Running Series’ with more than 600,000 runners taking part in events around the world every year. Started in 1998, the simple idea of making running fun has transformed the U.S. 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. Today, the series of marathons and half-marathons has spread to more than 31 destination cities around the world. Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo with more than 100 exhibitors offering samples and 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 headliners like Pitbull, FloRida, Cheap Trick and Bret Michaels. For more information, please visit Competitor.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
About Positively Cleveland
Positively Cleveland’s mission is to promote Cleveland and the surrounding region as an outstanding business meeting and tourism destination in order to grow the region’s economy. As Cuyahoga County’s fourth largest employer, the travel and tourism industry generates $5.9 billion of economic impact per year. To learn more, visit PositivelyCleveland.com.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities. For admission information and Museum exhibit information, call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit Rockhall.com.
About Competitor Group
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the active lifestyle industry’s leading media and event entertainment company. With a leading market share of endurance enthusiasts, CGI owns and operates more than 75 events around the world, including the flagship Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 31 markets, delivering more than 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2012. Anchoring the company with rich content and marketing leverage are five publishing properties dedicated to running, cycling, triathlon and the world of multisport including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Women’s Running and Competitor with a combined monthly circulation of over 600,000. Further information about CGI and its digital, publishing and event entertainment properties can be found at Competitormediakit.com.
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