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Over 13,000 From 91 Nations Registered To Take On 15k, 8k Or Remix Challenge During Rock ‘N’ Roll Vr7

June 9, 2020

- The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club has now welcomed nearly 50,000 subscribers to the platform - This week, Rock 'n' Roll VR8 offers a 12K, 5K and Remix Challenge, with new extended hours, beginning Friday, June 12 at 5 a.m. ET and closing on Sunday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET

TAMPA, Fla. (June 9, 2020) Over 13,000 people from 91 nations and 48 states registered to step up to the virtual start line this past weekend for the seventh edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Virtual Running™ (VR™) Series. Rock ‘n’ Roll VR7 gave participants the opportunity to challenge themselves with two different race distances that included a 15K and 8K.In addition, the Remix Challenge was offered for participants to take on both distances, with finishers earning access to three medals through the Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Finisher Bundles. Participants were able to compete anywhere, indoors or outdoors, as long as the distance of their choosing were completed in one session between Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. ET and event close Sunday, June 7 at 7:59 p.m. ET. Highlights of Rock ‘n’ Roll VR7 can be found here.

Participants in Rock ‘n’ Roll VR7 came from around the world and ranged in age from 18 to 82. The United States led the way with over 9,000 walkers and runners followed by the United Kingdom (over 700), Canada (over 650), Mexico (over 450) and Portugal (over 250). Other nations represented included Belgium, Costa Rica,Estonia, Greece,Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, and South Korea, among others. Nations joining a Rock ‘n’ Roll VR event for the first time were the Turks and Caicos Islands. Of the 48 U.S. states represented, the greatest number came from California, followed by Texas, Virginia, Florida and Illinois.

To date, nearly 50,000 people from across the globe have joined the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club platform, giving them access to the series of weekly races, challenges, and rewards.

Over 7,100 participants took on a Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club™Challenge leading up to Rock ‘n’ Roll VR7. Several separate running and workout-based challenges were offered with the opportunity for special prizes such as a Rock ‘n’ Roll by Brooks Running Company Dash ½ Zip, Accessories Bundle, or Dash ½ Zip Tie Dye Trio. The challenges included the Coach Carrie’s Progression Training Series: Week 2, Paul’s Full-Body Fitness Circuit Challenge, and United Airlines: Bean There, Done That Challenge.

Looking Forward

This weekend, Rock ‘n’ Roll VR8 will offer two distances for the global community, including a 12K and 5K, as well as the popular Remix Challenge for participants that want to take on both distances. New this week, Rock ‘n’ Rollers will have extended hours to complete their distances with racing starting Friday, June 12 at 5 a.m. ET and close on Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

To register for Rock ‘n’ Roll VR8, runners need to sign up through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club platform and connect to their tracker app. Runners can then complete their registration by going to the “Events” tab and clicking “Register Now” on the virtual race page. For additional information on how to register, visit Getting Started Guide.

Challenges for this week are available to participate in now and include:

  • Brooks: Reverse Run – Track and complete 70 minutes of running in two sessions, by running one route and the same route in reverse (the route, not the actual running motion)
  • Jeremy’s Burpee Run – Complete a 3-mile run in one session, and integrate 30 burpees to add additional cardio and strength elements to the workout
  • Coach Carrie’s Progression Training Series: Week 3 –Track and complete 150 minutes of running in three workout sessions, all targeting a goal of a 60-90 minute “best effort” pace during a Rock ‘n’ Roll VR event

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series also offers tangible Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Finisher Bundlesand other Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series merchandise at www.runrocknrollstore.com/rock-n-roll-vr.

Full details and specifics regarding the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series, Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club and Challenges are available on www.runrocknrollvr.com. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, please visit the website at www.runrocknroll.com. Media related inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

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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 www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN®Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN®70.3®Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN®Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail®World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN®brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. On March 26, 2020, Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) entered into an agreement to sell The IRONMAN Group to Advance; closing is anticipated in mid-2020. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.