Partnership aims to defeat hunger around the world through Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon taking place the weekend of January 23-25, 2015
New Orleans, LA – September 17, 2014 – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and Feed the Children, an organization working to end childhood hunger, today announced a new partnership as the official benefiting charity of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon. The 2015 event will take place the weekend of January 23-25.
“We are delighted to collaborate with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and their New Orleans event,” said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children president and CEO. “Partnerships like the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans are key to helping our organization reach new audiences to defeat childhood hunger.”
Feed the Children works to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry, distributing more than $344 million worth of food, essentials, education supplies, and medicine to more than 10 million individuals last year alone. Through Team Feed the Children, runners can dedicate their event training and race participation to make a lasting change in the lives of children in the New Orleans community.
“Through this agreement our goal is to help Feed the Children expand its reach around the U.S. and internationally to defeat child hunger,” said Dave Hussa, Vice President of Charity Partnerships. “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series prides itself on partnerships that promote our vision of a healthy, fit world and that’s something which certainly cannot be accomplished when childhood hunger remains pervasive in America.”
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans is an enjoyable experience for race participants and spectators featuring live, local bands playing at every mile along the course to energize the runners. The event begins in downtown New Orleans on Poydras Street, showcasing a course that traverses beautiful St. Charles Avenue, the historic French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue and iconic City Park. The event finishes on Roosevelt Mall behind the New Orleans Museum of Art, where the finish line festival takes place.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Series is known for placing entertainment stages along the race course, lining the route with hundreds of local cheerleaders and then topping the experience off with a finish line concert celebration for all participants. The musically-themed races have spearheaded an active lifestyle movement that provides a unique entertainment outlet for people from all walks of life.
Over the 17-year history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, charity participants have raised more than $300 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
About Feed the Children
Feed the Children believes that they should create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Just as important, they believe they can. Since 1979, Feed the Children has grown into one of the largest U.S. based charities. They are accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise giving Alliance and have a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. By banding together to defeat hunger, Feed the Children distributed over $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States and 18 other countries in fiscal year 2013. Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.
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 27 destinations, drawing visitors from around the world.
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 headliners like Pitbull, FloRida, Cheap Trick and Bret Michaels. For more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
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