St. Louis Runners Receive Special Course Preview

June 15th, 2011

Two-time Olympian Alan Culpepper shares preferred Rock ‘n’ Roll route; nearly 9,000 runners registered for inaugural October event; entry fee price increase on June 30

St. Louis, MO – June 15, 2011 – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), organizers of the Solutia Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon for the benefit of Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), yesterday gave runners a sneak peak of the preferred race route for the first time. Approximately 14,000 entrants are expected for the inaugural running event that will showcase St. Louis’ Midwestern flair when it debuts on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

“The Midwest has a strong running community and we are pleased that the Solutia Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon will soon become one of the region’s premier running events,” said Olympian Alan Culpepper, the event’s Operations Director, who designed the marathon and half-marathon courses. “These are beautiful courses that will provide runners a fun-filled tour of St. Louis’ vibrant neighborhoods, scenic parks and historic sites. The half-marathon will certainly be conducive to running a fast time.”

Early registration for the Solutia Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon is already strong, with nearly 9,000 participants entered. In addition to rousing music along each mile of the course, local high school cheerleading squads will line the route, encouraging participants along while also competing in the Spirit on the Course competition.

The benefitting charity for the race is Team Activities for Special Kids, a nonprofit group that provides safe, accessible recreational opportunities for children with special physical and developmental needs.

“Solutia is proud to be part of an event that will showcase St. Louis, promote a healthy lifestyle and most importantly, help children with special needs,” said Jeff Quinn, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Solutia Inc. “Solutia employees all over the world are training for the course, raising money to help young athletes, and looking forward to racing and volunteering at this inaugural event.”

The event will start in downtown St. Louis, with a simultaneous marathon and half-marathon start at 7:30 am. Runners will head east with an iconic view of the Gateway Arch over the old State Capital building shining in the early morning sunlight.

The planned course tours the downtown city streets, passing Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. The marathon and half-marathon share approximately 12.5 miles, exploring the tree-lined route through many of the city’s eclectic neighborhoods including the Grove, the Hill and Lafayette Square, a National Historic District. Runners pass in front of the historic Fox Theater before the marathon and half-marathon courses split at Tower Grove Park. The event culminates with a downtown finish line festival and post-race concert, free to all participants and spectators featuring a rock ‘n’ roll headliner.

A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo presented by Power Balance kicks off race weekend at the America’s Center on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. The expo is open to the public and will feature the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sample and sale, and fitness-related clinics.

Runners planning to participate in the inaugural event are encouraged to save money by registering before the entry fee increases on June 30. After June 30, the price increases to $105 for the half-marathon and $115 for the marathon until the event is sold out. For more information, or to register online for the Solutia Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon, visit

About Team Activities for Special Kids

Founded in 1996, Team Activities for Special Kids, or TASK, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that

provides safe, accessible sports and recreation opportunities for St. Louis-area children with special physical and developmental needs. For more information about TASK, visit

About Solutia

Solutia is a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals company that provides solutions for a better life through a range of products focused on safety, security, energy efficiency, and aesthetics. With its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, the company operates globally with approximately 3,300 employees in more than 50 worldwide locations. More information is available at

About The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

Organized by Competitor Group, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is known for lining the race route with live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations. The original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 1998 is still recognized as the largest inaugural marathon in history with 19,979 entrants. Today, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has spread to twenty-four cities around the world, creating the first international series of marathons and half-marathons, which will attract more than 450,000 participants in 2011. For more information, please visit or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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