Seattle’s largest summertime running event to feature new finish line at CenturyLink Field; The New Pornographers to headline post-race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series; Marathon weekend set for June 16 – 18; Online registration open at RunRocknRoll.com
Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon, a Signature Seafair Event, today announced revamped marathon and half marathon courses for the 2016 event. The course will continue to start near to the iconic Space Needle, but will return to the 2011 finish line location at CenturyLink Field. The 8th annual event returns to the Pacific Northwest the weekend of June 16 – 18, 2016.
“Seattle is known for its many hills so we went back and eliminated about 280’ of incline over the last three miles of the marathon route,” said Ken Schulte, Course Director. “Overall the course is now a net downhill still highlighting the very best of Seattle.”
Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon starts at 7:00 a.m. and will take runners on a tour of downtown. The course will offer breathtaking views of Seattle including, the Space Needle, Cascades and Mount Rainier before finishing at CenturyLink Field. This is the last time a race will be permitted to run on the viaduct before it is demolished to make way for the new HWY 99 tunnel.
The New Pornographers will headline the post-race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series outside the stadium. The band hails from Vancouver, Canada where they emerged on the scene in 1999. They have released six albums including, Together, Mass Romantic, Challengers and Electric Version, which was ranked 79 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Best Albums of the Decade.” Band members include, A.C. Newman, John Collins, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, Neko Case and Todd Fancey. The concert is free and open to the public.
In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where runners can find the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. The Expo takes place at CenturyLink Field Event Center on Thursday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public.
For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle or to register for the event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Seattle.