Roller Coaster Race Loops Back to Six Flags New England for 2nd Annual Family Event

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Home of the Revamped Wicked Cyclone Attracts Runners and Coaster Enthusiasts while Benefiting the YMCA of Greater Springfield

"The Roller Coaster Ride is a great opportunity for participants to experience all the fantastic coasters rides at Six Flags New England,” says Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director.

Roller Coaster Race announced that registration is now open for its original-concept race that is returning to Six Flags New England, near Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday, September 6. The event encourages fitness and entertainment for the entire family by holding USATF-sanctioned running events for all skill levels and ages in conjunction with the novel roller coaster event, Roller Coaster Ride.

Participants can register for either the 10K race or the 5K run/walk, which start at 7:30 am. Online registration is available through Wednesday, September 2. Runners and riders can also register at the host hotel, La Quinta Inn in Springfield, on Saturday, September 5 from noon until 5:00 pm. There will be no race day registration. Event registration includes park admission, shirt, finisher medal, and post race refreshments. The race course, which winds around and under some of the park’s famous roller coasters, is flat and open giving runners a chance to achieve their personal best time. Also, this is the first Roller Coaster Race ever to start and end within a park’s boundaries, allowing runners to hang out in the picnic grove before and after the race, and spectators to watch the race from the park’s main avenues.

Additionally, roller coaster enthusiasts and runners alike can sign up for the optional Roller Coaster Ride for a separate fee. Participants who register for the Roller Coaster Ride earn a medal by racking up cumulative “5K ride distance” on Six Flag’s roller coasters. “The Roller Coaster Ride is a great opportunity for participants to experience all the fantastic coasters rides at Six Flags New England,” says Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director. “The park represents everything that’s great about the American amusement park experience. It’s literally located on Main Street in the charming New England town of Agawam, Massachusetts.”

Roller Coaster Race supports the YMCA of Greater Springfield. YMCA’s programs promote lifelong personal growth throughout 14 cities and towns in the Greater Springfield area. Roller Coaster Race also supports the SYTA Running for Youth program and the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives as national charity partners. Participants can fundraise on behalf of a charity, or make a donation along with their registration.

"Six Flags New England is thrilled to be partnering with Roller Coaster Race once again. It is a great partnership between two brands as we support local charities throughout the community and promote healthy living,” said Jennifer McGrath, Six Flags New England’s Communications Manager. “Whether participants run or ride we know they will have an exceptional time at the Coaster Capital of New England."

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About Roller Coaster Race
Roller Coaster Race is a running series that partners with theme and amusement parks across the country to create family destination events combining fitness and entertainment. The series produces USATF-sanctioned running events in conjunction with the original-concept Roller Coaster Ride, where participants attempt to ride a total distance of 5K on park coasters. Launched in 2014 and first of its kind, Roller Coaster Race will hold six events in 2015. Roller Coaster Race’s parent company, WorldStrides, is the nation’s largest and most respected accredited travel organization. Over the course of fifty years and across ninety countries, WorldStrides has worked extensively with student groups, families, and teams attending sports tournaments, amusement parks, music and theater festivals, bowl games, and jamborees.

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About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 53 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit

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Adam Slate
Director, Roller Coaster Race
218 West Water Street, Suite 400
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 906-8416

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