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Posted: March 18, 2023:  

Athletics: Rock ‘N’ Roll running series to celebrate 25 years of bringing fun to the run during 2023 season

Samuel Doud (Washington, D.C.) and Hirut Guangul (New York, N.Y.) topped the podium in the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington D.C. Half Marathon

Saturday’s United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington D.C. half marathon also saw a field of elite athletes take to the course. It was Samuel Doud (Washington, D.C.) with a time of 1:07:08 and Hirut Guangul (New York, N.Y.) finishing in a time of 1:16:34 topping the podium.

Samuel Doud (Washington, D.C.) and Hirut Guangul (New York, N.Y.) topped the podium in the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington D.C. Half Marathon
(Photo by: Scott Taesch / Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Running Series) -

Runners and walkers alike hailed from all 50 States and 38 countries, regions, and territories to take on the new half marathon course that took participants over the Potomac River on the Arlington Memorial Bridge for the first time since 2016 and finished with amazing views of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument as they crossed the finish line on Pennsylvania Avenue. Finishers were able to celebrate with family and friends right along the National Mall at the all-new Finish Line Festival.

Erin Ross from Washington, D.C. said, “This was my second Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. It was awesome, I loved the energy and there was great music. People were very encouraging, and the weather was beautiful. I think it’s a race for everyone with the elite crowd and recreational runners, I feel like it’s a very accessible race for folks.”

Anna Ratliff who lives on part of the course shared, “This was my first time running this race -- I loved it. It has run past my house, so I have always seen it. I finally signed up. It was awesome, I got a huge PR today. When we ran through Adams Morgan and by Howard (University) it was a lot of fun. I would totally do this again, great vibe. I warmed up getting here and will metro home.”

Susie Racek and Johnny Guignet both from Allentown, Pa. ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. half marathon for the first time but have participated in Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia and Virginia Beach in the past and shared that Johnny is planning to run St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville next month. “It was beautiful today. So nice to see the cherry blossoms and tulip trees in bloom as well as the different monuments. The course was a good variety of inclines and declines and we loved the music. Very lively and a lot of good support out there for the runners. Very good vibe. We will be back and next want to try Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas.”

Also taking place on Saturday was the 5K with a new course that had participants starting with a view of the Washington Monument and finishing right in front of the Capitol Building on Pennsylvania Avenue as they traversed the streets of Washington D.C.

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

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series continues its 25th Anniversary celebration as the series makes its way to The Music City for the 2023 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Nashville on April 22-23, 2023. To see the full schedule of Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series events, visit

Presale registration for all distances of the 2024 edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington D.C. taking place on March 16, 2024, is now open online through 11:59 p.m. PT on March 26, 2023. Lock in presale pricing by visiting, Special presale pricing will be at the lowest price of the year, at $75 for the Half Marathon, and $45 for the 5K. To register for 2024 or learn more about Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Washington, D.C., please visit

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series, please visit Media inquiries may be directed to

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2023. With what started as a 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 Encore Entertainment experience featuring eclectic musical artists from a variety of genres. With a goal of Bringing Fun to the Run®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series has also featured some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R., Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls, Bret Michaels, Kesha, The Revivalists, Hunter Hayes, Capital Cities, and Matt Nathanson. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.comand 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, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including the Canyons Endurance Runs, Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, 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. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. 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, Warner Bros. Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit

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