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Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle to Change Course in 2012

  • New marathon and half-marathon routes to start and finish at downtown Seattle Center
  • Extended mileage along Lake Washington, increased convenience for participants
  • Annual event benefits the American Cancer Society, set for Saturday, June 23, 2012

Seattle, WA – January 31, 2012 – In its fourth year, the annual running block party known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society will debut a revamped course highlighting Seattle’s serene surroundings and notable landmarks. After starting its first three editions in the suburban City of Tukwila, the 2012 event will begin in downtown Seattle welcoming more than 26,000 runners to Seattle Center on Saturday, June 23.

“We are delighted to welcome to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to Seattle Center,” said Jean Godden, City of Seattle Councilmember. “This event is not only a boost for the tourism industry, but embodies civic pride, celebrating our city’s love of music and living a healthy lifestyle. The new course is an exciting change for an event that has truly become an annual summer tradition.”

A Seafair Signature Event, the race annually draws more than 26,000 participants from across the country to experience the excitement and entertainment provided by live, local bands playing each mile, motivating cheerleaders, and encouraging spectators along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses. Participants are then invited to celebrate their accomplishment with a headliner concert and finish line festival, which will also take place for the first time at Seattle Center.

“We know moving the start and finish line to Seattle Center will enhance the convenience for participants, especially visitors staying in downtown hotels,” said Scott Dickey, President of Competitor Group, organizer of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We are proud of great local partnerships that have allowed this race to continue to flourish over the past 3 years and we look forward to debuting a brand new course in 2012.”

The new route will start and finish in downtown Seattle at the Seattle Center, offering runners clear views of the iconic Space Needle and downtown skyline. Participants will tour downtown, running past landmarks such as CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, enjoy fewer hill climbs and more waterfront views on a scenic route that highlights the very best of beautiful Seattle.

“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon continues to be one of our marquee events,” said Beth Knox, CEO of Seafair. “These changes to a loop course will be much more runner and spectator friendly. We are pleased and thankful that the City of Seattle supported us in that, assuring that Seafair continues to kickoff each summer with a world class marathon.”

Race weekend will kick off with a two-day Health and Fitness Expo at CenturyLink Field, featuring more than one hundred fitness retailers, exhibits and interactive clinics on Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 22nd.

Runners planning to participate in the inaugural event are encouraged to save money by registering before the entry fee increases on Wednesday, February 15. After February 15, the price increases to $115 for the half-marathon and $125 for the marathon until the event is sold out. 

For more information or to register for the event, please visit Competitor.com.