Roller Coaster Race Returns to Kennywood

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Historic Pittsburgh amusement park hosts 5K and 10K races and original roller coaster event to benefit area charities

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Runners show off their swag after race

The course takes competitors through Kennywood... offering a unique perspective of the park before it opens. The races also travel through the nearby communities surrounding Kennywood.

For the second straight year, runners will be able to race past the Racer and jog by the Jack Rabbit during the most thrilling run of the summer.

On Sunday, June 5, Kennywood teams up with Roller Coaster Race for the second annual event at the Pittsburgh-area theme park: a 5K run/walk and a 10K race.

The USATF-sanctioned running events for all skills and ages encourage fitness and entertainment for the whole family. The course takes competitors through Kennywood, named a National Historic Landmark in 1987, offering a unique perspective of the park before it opens. The races also travel through nearby communities surrounding Kennywood. The 2015 course has been redesigned to be flatter and faster.

Once Kennywood opens, the Roller Coaster Ride begins. Riders climb aboard Kennywood’s six unique coasters to ride a total distance of five kilometers, traversing a total of 16,405 feet on the tracks.

Participants can register for a race, the Roller Coaster Ride, or both. Registration starts at $50 and includes free admission to Kennywood, shirt and finisher medal for each event, and a post-race party with DJ and refreshments. And the race’s new referral program refunds $2 of a participant’s registration fee for each referral.

The race benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Braddock Redux, SYTA Running for Youth, and the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives.

“The Roller Coaster Race and Roller Coaster Ride provide participants the chance to create all-new Kennywood memories,” said Jerome Gibas, Kennywood General Manager. “Combining fitness, fun and fundraising for deserving non-profits will make for a great event.”

Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director, says, “Kennywood was our largest race last year, and we’re working hard to make it our largest and best again this year.”

To register or get more information about the Roller Coaster Race at Kennywood, visit the Roller Coaster Race web site.


About Roller Coaster Race

Roller Coaster Race is a national running series partnering with theme and amusement parks across the country to create family destination events that combine and encourage fitness and entertainment. The series produces professional, USATF-sanctioned running events in conjunction with the completely original Roller Coaster Ride, where participants’ coaster rides are tracked as they attempt to ride a total distance of 5K on park coasters. Launched in 2014, Roller Coaster Race will hold at least six events in 2016. Roller Coaster Race is a division of WorldStrides, the nation’s largest and most respected accredited student travel organization.


About Kennywood

Kennywood is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks.
Kennywood is America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park! The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of classic rides and modern thrills, including seven roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood, founded in 1898, continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages.



Press Contacts

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

Nick Paradise
Director of Public Relations & Social Media    
Kennywood Park     
4800 Kennywood Blvd.    
West Mifflin, PA 15122    
(412) 461-0500 ext. 1176

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