Kesha becomes first female headliner for Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas
Headline concert moves to Saturday night following 5K to amplify the world-class running and entertainment festival weekend
Participants have access to Kesha’s headlining performance, exclusive runner perks and parties, and the chance of a lifetime to race down the middle of the Las Vegas Strip at night-
LAS VEGAS (May 30, 2019) - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® announced today that GRAMMY-nominated, Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kesha will headline a free concert as part of the 2019 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll® Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon, the biggest and best night race in the world. Based on runner feedback, race organizers also announced the decision to move the concert to the Saturday night before Sunday’s main event allowing for runners participating in any distance the ability to enjoy the performance. Kesha will get the expected 40,000 registered athletes along with their family, friends and local community moving at Las Vegas Festival Grounds following the 5K night run on Saturday, Nov. 16. The marathon, half marathon and 10K will follow on Sunday, Nov. 17 under the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, giving runners the unique and exclusive ability to Run the Strip at Night™ with music and entertainment throughout.
Approximately 40,000 runners of all levels will descend upon the Vegas Strip on November 16-17 and use the Beat in Their Feet(TM) for a one-of-a-kind night race experience at the 2019 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon taking in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas. - (Photo credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
"Closing down the Las Vegas Strip for runners is a big deal, and we wanted to find a performer to match that level of excitement over race weekend—Kesha fits the bill perfectly and should give our athletes a great ‘shake out’ the night before the 10K, half marathon and marathon," said Stacey Campbell, Executive Race Director for Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon. "Kesha’s music embodies the inclusive and energetic nature of the running community, and the new Saturday night concert will set the tone for an unforgettable experience for participants and the local community. We’re thrilled that she will be the first female headliner to grace the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas stage."
Kesha adds, "Singing for the runners of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas race will be a unique experience. Runners have an inherent energy and strength that reveals amazing self-empowerment, focus and determination to get through the toughest moments, which is something I can relate to. It’s an honor to join the acclaimed performers that have headlined this event in previous years, and I can’t wait to bring my own wild, fun, and hopefully encouraging running-conducive energy for everyone to enjoy for the big race!!!"
With over 100 million digital tracks and streams sold worldwide, Kesha has had an impressive 10 Top 10 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 and received dozens of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and others. Her most recent album ‘Rainbow’ was called an "artistic feat" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best music of her career" by Rolling Stone. Kesha becomes the first female headliner for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, joining the ranks of other past performers, including The Goo Goo Dolls, Kid Rock, All-American Rejects, Capital Cities, Snoop Dogg, and Macklemore, whom she toured with last year.
"Vegas is excited for the addition of Kesha to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon weekend," said Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events. "The new Saturday night concert will be great for participants and the city. We’re looking forward to welcoming participants from around the world to enjoy a memorable race experience!"
In addition to Kesha’s headlining concert on Saturday night, live bands and DJs of every genre will play along the racecourse on race day Sunday encouraging runners as they make their way to the finish line. There are also plans to announce additional pre-race entertainment for participants on Sunday.
Runners of all levels will descend upon the Vegas Strip on November 16-17 and use the Beat in Their Feet™ for a one-of-a-kind night race experience at the 2019 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon. The approximately 40,000 runners will take in the sights and sounds of Vegas as they pass the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, The Fountains of Bellagio, Fremont St., downtown Las Vegas, and Volcano at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. With runners coming from all 50 states, last year saw 86 countries, regions and territories from as far as United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, and South Africa represented for their chance to Run the Strip at Night on the famed Las Vegas Boulevard.
Participants will pick up race packets at the three-day Health & Fitness Expo taking place November 14-16 located in the Las Vegas Convention Center, where they will be able to shop the latest and greatest in running and nutrition trends.
For more information or to register for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon, visit www.RunRocknRoll.com. For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, please visit www.RunRocknRoll.com.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series 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, Flo Rida, 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 www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, 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 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit Ironman.com.
About Las Vegas Festival Grounds
Las Vegas Festival Grounds is a multi-purpose outdoor venue located along the famed Las Vegas Strip on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd. Spanning nearly 40 acres and accommodating up to 80,000 fans for an event, the site boasts a permanent stage, 400 permanent restrooms and a 7.5-acre dedicated transportation area. The Festival Grounds provides a great fan experience during all events with turf throughout the property, food and beverage outlets, as well as trees providing shade for fans in attendance. The Las Vegas Festival Grounds has hosted Rock in Rio and ACM Party for a Cause Festival, as well as a number of major conventions.
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