Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland on Pace to Sell Out
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland on Pace to Sell-Out
13,000 registered, limited entries still available at Competitor.com
Entertainment, music-themed race to kickoff Rose Festival on May 20, 2012
Portland, OR – April XX, 2012 – Time is ticking for runners hoping to rock ‘n’ roll along 13.1 miles of Portland’s most scenic landscapes, with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon poised to sell-out quickly.
More than 13,000 runners have already registered for the race, which will kick off the Rose Festival on Sunday, May 20. The unique race format will feature live, local bands playing on band stages each mile, along with enthusiastic cheerleaders and thousands of encouraging spectators lining the route. The event concludes with a free finish line festival and headliner concert.
“Portland has such a strong running community and we knew it would be a perfect city for a Rock ‘n’ Roll race,” said Zoe Griesbach, Event Director. “Nevertheless, we’re thrilled by the response and excitement from runners and we encourage anyone hoping to participate to sign up soon.”
The half-marathon start venue will be located on Naito Parkway, which is adjacent to downtown Portland’s scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park alongside the Willamette River. After a short tour of downtown, runners will enjoy the first of two bridge crossings as they head to beautiful east Portland. There they will experience an eclectic mix of Portland neighborhoods, gorgeous Laurelhurst Park and a wonderful downhill finish heading back towards downtown on Lloyd Blvd. After the final crossing on the iconic Steel Bridge, runners finish back at the Waterfront Park on Naito Parkway at the corner of Salmon Street.
A free two-day Health and Fitness Expo will kickoff event weekend on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at the Oregon Convention Center. The expo is free and open to the public featuring the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sample and sale, as well as a series of interactive fitness clinics.
Event weekend concludes with a finish line concert at Waterfront Park. Past Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon headliners have included SEAL, Blues Traveler, Journey, B-52s, Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. The headliner act for Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland will be announced at a later date.
For more information or to register for the event, please visit Competitor.com.
About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon
Competitor event, the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2012. Race weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Oregon Convention Center. The free expo is open to the public and features more than one hundred fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics. The event concludes Sunday afternoon with a finish line celebration and headliner concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. For more information, please visit Competitor.com or follow us on twitter @RunRocknRoll.
About the Portland Rose Festival
Portland’s Official Festival, the Rose Festival is one of the world’s top special events, famous for three weeks of popular activities, including three parades and a major urban fair and carnival in downtown Portland. Established in 1907, the Rose Festival is produced by the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of local business leaders and volunteers. Named the Best Event in the World in 2007 and again in 2011, the Rose Festival attracts 2 million people annually. Further information about the Rose Festival can be found at www.rosefestival.org.
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