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Rock ‘N’ Roll VR Series has Largest Field to Date with Over 26,000 From Around the World Registered to Take Part in Rock ‘N’ Roll VR6

June 4, 2020

- Through five days of racing, runners and walkers from 107 nations registered to compete in the Half Marathon, 5K, 1 Mile or combination of distances through the Remix Challenge - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club has now welcomed nearly 50,000 subscribers to the platform - Rock 'n' Roll VR7 opens Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. ET offering a 15K, 8K and Remix Challenge

TAMPA, Fla. (June 4, 2020) The global community of walkers and runners came together this past weekend for the sixth edition in the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Virtual Running™ (VR™) Series, Rock ‘n’ Roll VR6, with over 26,000 people from 107 nations and 47 states registered to step up to the virtual start line. Rock ‘n’ Roll VR6 gave participants the opportunity to challenge themselves with three different race distances that included a half marathon, 5K and 1-mile. In addition, the Remix Challenge was offered for participants to take on any combination of the three 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, May 29 at 2 p.m. ET and event close Tuesday, June 2 at 7:59 p.m. ET.

Participants in Rock ‘n’ Roll VR6 came from around the world and ranged in age from 19 to 82. The United States led the way with over 17,000 walkers and runners followed by the United Kingdom (nearly 1,100), Canada (over 1,000), Mexico (over 750) and Portugal (over 350). Other nations represented included Australia, Colombia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia, among others. Of the 47 U.S. states represented, the greatest number came from California, followed by Texas, Virginia, New Jersey and Florida. Nations joining a Rock ‘n’ Roll VR event for the first time were Angola, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Macedonia, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka, among others.

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 6,700 participants took on a Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club™ Challenge leading up to Rock ‘n’ Roll VR6. Several separate running and workout-based challenges were offered with the opportunity for special prizes such as a $100 gift card to Science in Sport (SiS), a Rock ‘n’ Roll by Brooks Running Company Accessories Bundle, or a Rock ‘n’ Roll by Brooks Running Company Dash ½ Zip Tie Dye Trio. The challenges included the SiS: Tempo Run II Challenge, Vicki’s Homemade Hike Challenge, and Coach Carrie’s Progression Training Series: Week 1.

Looking Forward

This weekend, Rock ‘n’ Roll VR7 will offer two distances for the global community, including a 15K and 8K, as well as the popular Remix Challenge for participants that want to take on both distances. Racing begins on Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. ET and concludes on Sunday, June 7 at 7:59 p.m. ET.

To register for Rock ‘n’ Roll VR7, 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:

  • Coach Carrie’s Progression Training Series: Week 2 – Track and complete 135 minutes of running in three, 45-minute sessions.
  • Paul’s Full-Body Fitness Circuit Challenge – Complete a 30-minute walk or run all in one session. For those looking to add additional cardio and strength elements to your workout.
  • United Airlines: Bean There, Done That Challenge – Track and complete a 2.8 mile run or walk in one session, the same distance as running from the iconic Chicago Bean to the United Center on the Near West Side!

he Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series also offers tangible Rock ‘n’ Roll VR Finisher Bundles and 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.