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Posted: January 10, 2009  :

Athletics: Sixth Annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona to Kickoff 2009 Marathon Series

Online Registration Closes January 11, Volunteer Opportunities Still Available

Phoenix, AZ (January 9, 2009) – Entering its sixth year as one of the nation’s premiere running events, the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon will host more than 30,000 runners and walkers on Sunday, January 18, 2009.

The largest combined marathon and half marathon in the U.S. offers two fast, flat and scenic courses that start in downtown Phoenix, run through Scottsdale and finish at Arizona State University in Tempe. The region’s ideal temperatures have made it a hotspot for athletes throughout the fall and winter months, and contribute to its appeal as a vacation destination. Over half of all event participants travel from outside Arizona and annually generate an economic impact of $44 million for the region.

“We're excited to get the 2009 Rock ‘n’ Roll series underway in the Valley of the Sun with a world-class running event January 18," said Bruce Herring, Vice-President of Events for Competitor Group. “The local community has always welcomed the marathon with open arms and the continual growth of the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona indicates how valuable this event has become to our host cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.”

New to the event in 2009 will be the Valley Metro Light Rail, a public transportation service operating throughout the greater Phoenix area. With stops convenient to the expo, finish and concert, plus a stop within a mile of the race start, the light rail is an ideal mode of transportation for both local and out-of-town participants.

In addition to annually promoting fun and fitness, 30 official charities will raise approximately $4 million at the race this year. Of the 1,700 of charity runners registered, over 1,100 will participating with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT). TNT is expecting to raise $3.2 million in partnership with the event this year, bringing their six year total to $22.2 million at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona. TNT has raised $185.1 million through the history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.

“2009 is shaping up to be one of our best events yet,” said Dawn Reichert, Event Manager. “We’re encouraging runners who are planning to participate but have not registered to sign up before online registration closes on Sunday, January 11. However, we’ll also have walk up registration at the expo.”

Race weekend kicks off Friday, January 16 with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center open to the public. The Expo, where all participants must pick up their bib number and race packet, will be held in the South Building from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 17. Over 100 exhibitors will feature free samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as interactive clinics.

For those who want to get involved with the event, but aren’t ready to conquer the 13.1 or 26.2-mile distances, volunteers are also needed to assist with the Health & Fitness Expo throughout race weekend and on race day. Every volunteer will receive a free ticket to the post race concert. More information on volunteer opportunities is available at http://www.rnraz.com/volunteer.html.

The race begins at 7:30 am Sunday, January 18 with 70 live bands and 40 local high school cheer squads performing along every mile of the 13.1-mile and 26.2-mile courses. The event will conclude with an evening headliner concert featuring Smash Mouth at Tempe Beach Park. All participants receive a free concert ticket with their race entry.

The 6th annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona is the 38th event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. To register for the race or for more information, please visit www.rnraz.com or call 800-311-1255.

About The Competitor Group
Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), headquartered in San Diego, CA, is the leading media and event entertainment company dedicated to the endurance sports industry of running, cycling and triathlons. CGI is comprised of the following brands: Competitor Publishing, Elite Racing, Inside Triathlon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, Triathlete Magazine and Velonews. CGI owns and operates 25 national events delivering more than 250,000 professional and amateur participants in 2009. CGI publishes four magazine titles with a combined monthly circulation of approximately 650,000 and plans to launch a community web presence under competitor.com in Q2 2009. Further information about Competitor and its media properties can be found at www.competitor.com..


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