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Posted: January 10, 2019:  

Athletics: Preservation Hall Jazz Band To Headline Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half-Marathon

Authentic New Orleans band to perform following Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half-Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 10

TAMPA, Fla. / NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 9, 2019) - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is excited to announce Preservation Hall Jazz Band as the headliner for the 2019 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half-Marathon. On Sunday, Feb. 10, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will take to the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Stage in City Park to close out a fun-filled weekend of fitness and music. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a local jazz band associated with the French Quarter’s famous and intimate jazz club, Preservation Hall. Now led by Ben Jaffe, son of Allan and Sandra Jaffe who established the club, the band sticks to their classic jazz roots. Originally founded in the 1960s, the band has most recently shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys. In 2017, the group released So It Is, their second album featuring all-new original music. The album attempts to redefine what New Orleans music means by combining the city’s Afro-Cuban roots with inspiration from contemporary cutting-edge artists.

"We are excited to bring an iconic New Orleans jazz band to the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Stage," said Josh Furlow, Managing Director of North America for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. "Preservation Hall Jazz Band has one of the most authentic New Orleans sounds and such a rich history in the city. It will be a great celebration for runners and spectators as we conclude the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans weekend."

The musically-themed Humana Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is know for Bringing the Fun to the Run™. The weekend kicks off the running on Saturday, Feb. 9 and the party continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. Runners get a first-class tour of New Orleans architecture and historical scenery while rocking to the sounds of live, local bands playing every mile of the races. The event concludes with the headliner concert on Sunday and finish line festival in City Park.

Race weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, Feb. 8 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Hall C. The expo will showcase vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition, and training, and is free and open to the public.

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About Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.


A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150(TM) Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit

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