Competitor Group, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Partner for New Cleveland Half Marathon
Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Cleveland Half Marathon set for Saturday, October 5, 2013; event to start downtown adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; special entry fee of $55 for the first 500 entrants, registration open at Competitor.com
Posted Thursday, 2 August, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
CLEVELAND - (July 31, 2012) - Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, has announced a new partnership with Positively Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to bring the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series to Ohio's music Mecca in Cleveland. The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Cleveland Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013.
"It's a natural partnership to combine the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series with the nostalgia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the City of Cleveland. While running a race may be the focus of our events, participants have truly come to love and expect impressive musical performances along the course and at the finish line to encourage them and celebrate the day's accomplishments," said Peter Englehart, Chairman of CGI. "We anticipate that runners from near and far will appreciate all that Cleveland has to offer, reveling in the experience of live rock music infused into a high-spirited road race."
The new half-marathon will start downtown at the Rock Hall, an iconic landmark that educates visitors, fans and scholars about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. Registration for the Cleveland event is open at Competitor.com, with a special entry fee of $55 for the first 500 runners. All participants will also have the option to purchase a season, weekend, or day admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
"We're thrilled to welcome this marathon to the Rock and Roll Capital of the World," said Terry Stewart, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "This is yet another wonderful event that reminds people near and far that Cleveland is an excellent destination and that Cleveland Rocks."
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is famous for entertainment along the route and rocking post-race concerts at the finish line. Rock 'n' Roll Cleveland promises a scenic destination event for runners and walkers of all abilities, showcasing the lakefront views and notable landmarks throughout the city including Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena and the Great Lakes Science Center, among other attractions.
"During its first year in Cleveland, we expect the Rock 'n' Roll Cleveland Half Marathon to draw a significant number of out-of-town participants who will support hotels, restaurants and other local businesses within the city's travel and tourism community," said David Gilbert, President / CEO of Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. "Both Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are excited to support this new event, which will be a great complement to the many visitor-friendly activities held here in Cleveland."
In true Rock 'n' Roll Marathon fashion, the Cleveland event will feature live local bands, with several hand-picked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performing on stages along every mile of the scenic course. Additionally, cheerleaders and themed water stations are interspersed throughout the course. The race experience concludes with a major headliner concert at the finish line.
For more information or to register for the Rock 'n' Roll Cleveland Half Marathon, go to: Competitor.com