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Posted: February 7, 2022::  

Athletics: Running returns to The Big Easy with the 2022 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series New Orleans

Jack Mastandrea (Rochester, Mich.) and Anne-Marie Blaney (Rochester, Mich.) topped the podium in Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series New Orleans Half Marathon

NEW ORLEANS, La. (Feb. 6, 2022) – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series returned to the Big Easy for the first time in two years, with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series New Orleans event. Participants were provided a one-of-a-kind running tour of New Orleans and the surrounding areas that provided participants with lakefront views, beautiful parks, dazzling floats, and live music throughout. Over 12,000 registered participants took to the streets lined with cheer squads, local bands and entertainment from start to finish.

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The 2022 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series New Orleans racing kicked off on Saturday, Feb. 5 with the 5K taking off and finish on the campus of the University of New Orleans. The excitement continued Sunday with the half marathon and 10K that also started at the University of New Orleans. Participants traversed the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain passing down Lakeshore Drive before returning to the University of New Orleans for the Finish Line Festival and Encore Entertainment.

Jack Mastandrea (Rochester, Mich.) took the overall win in the half marathon clocking a time of 1:04:55. John Borjesson (Boulder, Colo.) was second with a time of 1:05:28 and Ben Kendell (Rochester, Mich.) followed in third place finishing in 1:06:01. Anne-Marie Blaney (Rochester, Mich.) was the women’s winner with a final time of 1:15:12 with Megan O’Neil (Rochester, Mich.) followed in second with a finishing time of 1:16:58.

Elite runners and fast times aside, the weekend’s events were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including Black Laurel, Colin Davis and The Night People, Muff-a-Lottas, Smokin on Some Brass, and The New Orleans Swinging G's among many other talented artists from the New Orleans community performed live on band stages and Mardi Gras themed floats along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and crowd support. The party wasn’t only on the course – local saxophonist, singer, and songwriter James Martin and The James Martin Band closed out the show as the Encore Entertainment.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series has developed a series of comprehensive Safe Return to Racing operating principles prepared in accordance with industry standards for open air participation sporting events including standards from World Health Organization (WHO) and guidance from the IRONMAN Group Global Medical Advisory Board. These Ready to Rock: Safe Return to Running Guidelines empower everyone involved to focus on a safe return to running. With attention to density reduction, touchpoint minimization, enhanced hygiene, screening, and education, as well as self-awareness, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series will continue to deliver a rockin’ participant experience with necessary adjustments so that the participants can race safely, race smart, and race their best.

Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Events Coming Up:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series is scheduled to continue in 2022 when the series makes its way to the Nation’s Capital for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington D.C. on March 26, 2022. To see the full schedule of Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series events, visit

For more information or to register for an event on Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series, please visit Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series media inquiries may be directed to

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series is the world’s largest running series taking part in destination locations around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running 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 Running Series can be found online at and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and gravel racing like Gravel Epic®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit

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