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Posted: June 10, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Chicago’s Inaugural 13.1 Marathon(TM) Series A Success With Over 4,000 Runners And An Unforgettable Block Party

CHICAGO, IL - On Sunday, June 7, 2009, the national 13.1 Series Marathon produced by US Road Sports & Entertainment made its way to the Windy City, bringing out over 4,000 runners to Chicago's lakefront. The half-marathon started and ended at the South Shore Cultural Center, the site of the climactic closing concert in the movie "Blues Brothers" and host to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama for their wedding. Runners warmed up with the Blues Brothers Comedy Act and then ran a beautiful course along Chicago's South Shore with a variety of music "party stations" along the way to keep them pumped. An unprecedented feature of the race was the huge block party at the finish line featuring The Blues Brothers Comedy Act, a seven piece blues and jazz band, Chicago's famous Lou Malnati's pizza, free massages and more.

"The party atmosphere of the 13.1 was unlike that of any other race and attracted an entirely new crowd of runners," says Executive Race Director and Vice President of Business Development for US Road Sports & Entertainment Group, Robert Pozo. "We're excited to have brought the race to Chicago and look forward to bringing the same fun and enthusiasm to other cities."

Atlanta (October 4, 2009) and Ft. Lauderdale (November 15, 2009) are next in the 13.1 series.

US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is Dallas-based company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city's culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health, and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.

MARATHON THIRTEEN.ONE(TM) is the inaugural series of half marathons serving some of America's top running communities with a stand-alone half marathon for locals to embrace and visitors to experience. The series kicks off in South Florida in March with 13.1 Marathon(TM) Miami Beach (March 1, 2009) followed by events in Chicago (June 7, 2009), Atlanta (October 4, 2009), and Ft. Lauderdale (November 15, 2009).

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