Competitor Group announces a 7-figure investment in 2014 to support elite athletes; All Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events to include guaranteed prize money for top finishers; ‘Chasing the Dream’ program with travel assistance and performance based prize money will help American athletes qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
San Diego, CA – January 23, 2014 – Competitor Group, Inc, (CGI) the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, today announced plans for its elite athlete program for the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Key elements of the program include:
Guaranteed prize money for top finishers at every Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event in North America including featured world-class events at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia, Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon and the Carlsbad 5000.
The Half Marathon Grand Prix, including the return of a U.S. Open Division that will feature a $47,000 prize purse in conjunction with the yearlong age-group competition at each of CGI’s 29 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons and the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon.
‘Chasing the Dream’ program, with travel assistance and performance based prize money focused on achieving the U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying Standard at 4 events (2 each for men & women).
“We are proud to announce a comprehensive elite athlete program across our 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, designed to support the world’s best runners,” said Tracy Sundlun, SVP of Events and co-founder of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “Fast running has always been a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon since its inception in 1998. We believe our participants and general fans of the sport will like the features of the program, which include a special emphasis to create opportunities for America’s best men and women as they strive to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series began in San Diego in 1998, combining road racing, recreational running, entertainment and fundraising into a weekend festival. The series of musically themed marathons and half-marathons has expanded from five events in 2008 to 31 destinations around the world in 2014.
Further information on prize money details, qualifying standards and more, can be found at RunRocknRoll.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 500,000 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 30 destination cities, drawing visitors from 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 RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.
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