SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon Brings Major Economic Impact to Washington D.C.

July 6th, 2012

Study reveals March event generated more than $18 million for the District of Columbia region

Washington, DC – July 6, 2012 –The inaugural SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon produced more than $18 million in total economic impact, including $11 million in direct visitor spending, according to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program.

“The overwhelming support of our local partners combined with all that our Nation’s Capital has to offer visiting runners, helped make the our first Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon event in Washington D.C. a tremendous success on every level,” said Josh Furlow, Senior Vice-President of Competitor Group, owner and operator of the event. “With the strong partnership that exists between the marathon and the local community, this event has the potential to draw even more runners from around the world next year and will soon become one of the largest running events in the United States.”

With more than 50% of participants traveling from outside the District of Columbia, the March 17th event resulted in 15,353 hotel room nights for the local tourism industry. The study also found that 34,507 marathon-related visitors traveled to the District from all 50 states and 34 countries throughout race weekend.

“The results of this study truly showcase many of the positive benefits that the Rock ‘n’ Roll race experience have made in our community,” said Robert T. Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Competitor Group and reaching new levels as this event continues to grow in our world class destination.”

Formerly known as the National Marathon, the only marathon run entirely within the District of Columbia was acquired last year by San Diego-based Competitor Group and rebranded as part of the international Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The event sold out more than two months in advance with 24,000 registered runners, and the positive economic impact was seen in a variety of areas and industries including:

  • $991,664 in taxes and other tourism-related fees collected by local governments.
  • 19.48% of visitors stayed in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs in lieu of staying in the District of Columbia, resulting in an estimated direct economic impact of $2,119,707 outside the beltway.
  • An indirect and induced impact of $6.9M spread throughout the community, calculated using IMPLAN 3.0.

In addition to record numbers, 17 charities raised $700,000 through the event in 2012.  Over the 15-year history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, runners have raised more than $270 million for a variety of causes and non-profit organizations.

Competitor Group also recently acquired the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington D.C. One of the largest triathlons in the United States, the Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is known as the premier multisport event in the mid-Atlantic region, and the only triathlon in the country dedicated to building awareness and raising money for the treatment of leukemia and blood-related cancers.  The 2012 race is set for Sunday, September 9.

The 2013 SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, March 16. For more information, please visit

About SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA  

A Competitor event, the second SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon is set for Saturday, March 16, 2013. The race features live bands and cheerleaders interspersed with themed water stations along each mile of the scenic course. A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend, featuring more than one hundred fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with a finish line celebration and headliner concert at RFK Stadium. For more information about the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, please visit  or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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