Having just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., adding San Antonio to Elite Racing’s family shows our dedication to growing the musical marathon series. The City of San Antonio has embraced the musical marathon concept with enthusiasm.
Chicago, IL (Vocus) October 5, 2007
Elite Racing, Inc., organizer of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series announced today that the City of San Antonio will be the new home of the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon. The inaugural race is set to run through San Antonio on Sunday, November 16, 2008 and will replace the city’s existing marathon. Organizers expect to draw more than 15,000 runners and walkers to the event, which will feature 70 live bands along the marathon and half-marathon courses.
“San Antonio’s vibrant atmosphere and mild climate has made the city an attractive destination for travelers during the fall and winter months,” said John Solis, Assistant Executive Director of Marketing and Sales for the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon is a perfect event for active people looking for an entertaining and recreational outlet as part of their visit to the city. Since San Antonio is a top destination for travelers from the state of Illinois, it was important for both the San Antonio CVB and Elite Racing to reach the running community here in Chicago. Many of the runners participating in the Chicago Marathon may also want to add San Antonio to their annual running schedule.”
Online registration officially opened today at a special rate of $65 for the marathon and $55 for the half-marathon available through Nov. 16, 2007.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon is now part of a national series of seven musically themed marathons and half-marathons produced annually by Elite Racing. The 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses will run past many of the city’s historic sites and parks, while featuring live bands and cheerleaders positioned at each mile. Organizers plan to unveil the new courses in early 2008.
“We are thrilled to have this world-class sporting event become a highlight on San Antonio’s list of outstanding annual attractions,” said Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation. “Our city is known for its four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, and now it will be recognized as a great venue for running.”
The Alamodome, a frequent host of NCAA Championship tournaments including the 2008 NCAA Men's Final Four, will also be the home for many of the events surrounding the race. Race weekend begins with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number. The expo will feature more than one hundred running and fitness retailers, exhibits and clinics. After crossing the finish line outside the Alamodome, runners will go inside that evening for the post-race concert - a celebration recognizing the participants’ accomplishments. All runners and walkers receive free entry to the concert with their race number. Past acts at other Elite Racing events include SEAL, INXS, Journey, Chris Isaac, Ozomatli and Hootie & the Blowfish.
“Having just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., adding San Antonio to Elite Racing’s family shows our dedication to growing the musical marathon series. The City of San Antonio has embraced the musical marathon concept with enthusiasm.” said Bruce Herring, president of Elite Racing. “We look forward to welcoming many of our loyal rock ‘n’ roll alumni and offering a host of new runners with the opportunity to challenge themselves in fantastic city and two scenic courses.”
Elite Racing is pleased to partner with several organizations including the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio CVB, San Antonio Road Runners, RunTex and Soler’s Sports.
For more information or to register online for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon, please visit http://www.RnRsa.com.
About Elite Racing, Inc.
Celebrating 10 years as the originator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Elite Racing, Inc. is a sports marketing and management company, and the leading producer of world-class road racing events for runners and walkers throughout the United States. Today, the company has grown to manage seven musically themed marathons and half-marathons including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, the Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon in Nashville, Tenn., the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon in San Antonio, TX., the Philadelphia Distance Run and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons in Virginia Beach, Va. and San Jose, Calif. Each event features a live band on entertainment stages and cheerleaders at every mile along the course. Events attract between 13,000 and 35,000 participants.