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Posted: January 21, 2009  :

Athletics: Registration Open For Inaugural 2009 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Zappos.com Presenting Sponsor, Crohn’s & Colitis Team Challenge Official Charity

Las Vegas, NV – January 21, 2009 – The Competitor Group (CGI) today announced that online registration has opened for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon powered by Zappos.com to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. The race, scheduled for December 6, 2009, is expected to draw over 20,000 runners and will feature more than 70 live bands along the scenic course.

“Partnering a world-class running event with world-class attractions will make this experience unlike any other,” said Adam Zocks, General Manager. “Las Vegas is synonymous with ‘rock and roll’ and we're excited to create a signature event in one of the preeminent destinations in the nation. We’ll place live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations at each mile along the race course and entertain participants in true Las Vegas style.”

Both the full and half marathon courses are currently planned to start together on Las Vegas Boulevard with the finish line adjacent to Mandalay Bay. Online registration for each race is open at www.rnrvegas.com.

Extending its partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has accepted the role of official and exclusive charity of the Las Vegas event.

"We are confident that the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s partnership with the Competitor Group for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon will further elevate awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and raise much-needed funds for patients suffering,” says Staci Brown, National Director for the Foundation. “With over 1.4 million Americans living with the chronic and debilitating pain of Crohn’s and Colitis, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, involvement in this energetic event will allow the Foundation to tap into new markets and reach new heights in its awareness-building and fundraising efforts.”

"At Zappos.com, we like to rock and we like to roll, so it only makes sense for us to sponsor the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon," said Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh. “And since our headquarters are located in Las Vegas, it gives our employees a chance to train and run together for a good cause."

Event weekend will begin with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants must go to pick up their race number. The expo will also feature more than one hundred running and fitness retailers, exhibits and clinics.

“We know Las Vegas will be a phenomenal event,” added Zocks. “The start and finish line on the strip will lend the same grandeur to this course as our participants feel when running along the oceanfront boardwalk in Virginia Beach, past the historic Alamo in San Antonio and through Music Row in Nashville.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas is now part of a national series of ten musically themed marathons and half-marathons. Launched in 1998, the groundbreaking concept uniquely combines entertainment with a 26.2 mile road course. The series, which originated in San Diego, includes events in Phoenix, Nashville, Seattle, Chicago, Virginia Beach, San Jose and San Antonio.

For more information or to register for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon, please log onto www.rnrvegas.com or call 800-311-1355.

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, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, Triathlete Magazine, VeloNews and VeloPress. 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 an endurance community web presence under competitor.com in Q2 2009. Further information about Competitor and its media properties can be found at www.competitor.com.

About Crohn’s & Colitis Team Challenge
An endurance training program of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Team Challenge helps the Foundation (www.ccfa.org) come closer to accomplishing its mission to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these chronic digestive diseases. Participants are equipped with everything they need to cross the finish line, including 16 weeks of training from professional coaches, and the opportunity to share a life-changing experience with a group of caring individuals. For more information about training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon with Team Challenge, visit www.ccteamchallenge.org.

About Zappos.com
Established in 1999, Zappos.com has quickly become one of the leaders in online apparel and footwear sales by striving to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection. Zappos.com currently stocks millions of products from over 1,100 brands. Zappos.com has appeared in Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for four years in a row (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), with gross merchandise sales of over $1 Billion in 2008. The company was named Best of the Web for 2006 by Internet Retailer, and was included in Time Magazine’s 25 Sites You Can’t Live Without. Zappos.com’s Customer Loyalty Team is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Zappos.com is “Powered by Service”.


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