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Posted: March 11, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Set For First Weekend Of August

Chicago Hilton Official Headquarter Hotel, All Runners to Receive Technical T-shirts

Chicago, Ill - March 11, 2009 - The first running of the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago is set for Sunday, August 2, 2009. Formerly known as the Chicago Distance Classic, the 13.1-mile race course will include live bands along the route, in its first iteration as a Rock 'n' Roll event.

"The flat course and timing of the event will be ideal for runners planning to compete in the Chicago Marathon," said Elizabeth O'Brien, the event's General Manager. "The local community has always welcomed the half-marathon with open arms and we are excited to become a part of the tradition of the distance classic and show the Chicago community how fun a Rock 'n' Roll event can be."

Race weekend kicks off Friday, July 31 with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place, which is open to the public. The Expo, where all participants must pick up their bib number and race packet, will feature over 100 exhibitors with samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as full series of interactive clinics.

The race's tentative course is slated to begin on Columbus, south of Congress at 6:30 am. The finish line will also be located on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo. The event concludes with a post race party and concert, which will take place on an outdoor stage inside Grant Park at Lower Hutchinson field.

In addition to live bands rockin' along the course, participants will receive blue Sugoi technical t-shirts when they pick up their race packets. The race is also pleased to announce the Chicago Hilton as the event's official headquarter hotel, a convenient option for runners with the hotel just steps from both the start and finish line.

The Rock 'n' Roll Chicago is now part of a national series of nine musically themed marathons and half marathons. The series, which originated in San Diego, now includes events in Seattle, San Antonio, Phoenix, Virginia Beach, Las Vegas, San Jose and Nashville. The phenomenal number of participants and musical influence combine to make each Rock 'n' Roll event a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family.

For more information on Rock 'n' Roll Chicago or to register online, please visit or call 800-311-1255.

About The Rock 'n' Roll Chicago
Entering its first year as one of Chicago's premiere running events, the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon expects to welcome more than 17,000 runners and walkers to the Second City in 2009. The half-marathon offers a fast, flat scenic course that starts in downtown Chicago, runs along the lakefront with the finish at Grant Park. Live bands and several cheer sections will be staged approximately every mile along the 13.1-mile course. The event concludes with a concert, which is free and open to the public. To register for the race or for more information about the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago, visit 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, 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 in Q2 2009. Further information about Competitor and its media properties can be found at

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