Plain White T’s To Headline Humana Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona Marathon and ½ Marathon

November 30, 2018

GRAMMY award-nominated rock band to perform following Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 20

TAMPA, Fla. / PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE, TEMPE Ariz. – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is excited to announce Plain White T’s as the headliner for the 2019 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Plain White T’s will take to the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Stage in Tempe Beach Park to close out a great three-day event. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Since emerging in 1997, the GRAMMY award-nominated multi-platinum Chicago quintet — Tom Higgenson [vocals], Tim Lopez [lead guitar, vocals], Dave Tirio [rhythm guitar], Mike Retondo [bass], and De’Mar Hamilton [drums] — has amassed an enduring, engaging and enigmatic catalog, spanning two gold-certified offerings All That We Need (2005) and Every Second Counts (2006) and unshakable anthems such as double-platinum “1,2,3,4” and platinum “Rhythm of Love.” Among the discography, “Hey There Delilah” went quadruple-platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a pair of 2008 GRAMMY award-nominations in the categories of “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.” Along the way, the band logged countless miles on the road in front of sold out crowds in nearly every corner of the globe. After a whirlwind tour cycle supporting 2015’s American Nights, the guys hunkered down and began writing the ideas that would eventually comprise Parallel Universe, that debuted in the Summer 2018.

“We’re looking forward to kicking off the new year with an outstanding band like the Plain White T’s,” said Josh Furlow, Managing Director of North America for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “The Plain White T’s have performed around the world and bring a full setlist of songs that everyone recognizes, including music from their new album, Parallel Universe. Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona is a great market and we’re all excited about kicking off the 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Tour on a high note.”

The musically-themed Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon is known for Bringing the Fun to the Run™. The three-day weekend kicks off Friday, Jan. 18 and the party continues through Sunday, Jan. 20. This is the chance for runners to kick off the New Year with a scenic tour of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. With a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K presented by Brooks, one-mile and KiDS ROCK™ event, there truly is a distance for everyone. Participants can take on the “Remix Challenge” by running both Friday or Saturday and Sunday to earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals.

Race weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, Jan. 18 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center in North Hall 1 and West Halls A-D. The expo will showcase vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition, and training, and is free and open to the public.

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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.


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