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Posted: March 6, 2019:  

Athletics: Matt Nathanson To Headline 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series will take place following the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Waterfront Park at 10:30 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla./SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 6, 2019) - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is pleased to announce Matt Nathanson as this year’s headliner for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon. On Sunday, June 2, 2019 Matt Nathanson will take to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner stage in Waterfront Park at 10:30 a.m. to close out a great two-day event from the birthplace of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Hailing from San Francisco, California, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the most admired songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough multi-platinum hit "Come on Get Higher.- His 2013 release, Last of The Great Pretenders, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 while hitting #1 on iTunes' Alternative Albums chart. Nathanson has performed on The Howard Stern Show, Ellen, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray, and The CMA Awards, amongst others.

Matt Nathanson’s latest album, Sings His Sad Heart, comes off the heels of Nathanson’s Def Leppard approved cover album of their iconic Pyromania called Pyromattia, which shot to #1 on iTunes Alternative chart upon its release. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott called the album "an amazing reinterpretation- with "heart & soul.- Sings His Sad Heart is the follow up to Nathanson's last album, Show Me Your Fangs, which was hailed as his most adventurous and prolific album to date featuring the songs, "Giants," "Bill Murray," and "Adrenaline.- Nathanson will take Sings His Sad Heart on the road with a North American headline acoustic tour that kicked off on February 9, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, and will conclude in his hometown of San Francisco on March 28.

"Matt Nathanson will be joining an elite group of artists who have performed for us in San Diego over the years" said Paul Huddle, Southwest Regional Director for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. "We are really proud to continue that trend with Matt Nathanson who will rock the crowd of athletes, spectators and the rest of the community.-

The musically themed Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon will begin at 6:15 a.m. on June 2. While taking in some of the best scenery of San Diego, participants will experience great runner support and community engagement and the scenic views that beautiful San Diego has to offer.

Leading runners through San Diego’s most iconic neighborhoods, the races take off from the historic start line at Balboa Park and travel through Hillcrest, North Park and Normal Heights before the Marathon breaks from the Half Marathon just past mile 8. The route also runs through Mission Hills, Old Town and Mission Bay Park before both the Marathon and Half Marathon finish downtown at Waterfront Park, where they will be greeted by Matt Nathanson at the finish line festival.

Race weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center Halls D & F. The expo will showcase vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training.

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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.


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