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Cobra Starship to Rock the Finish Line Concert Celebration in Grant Park

American dance-pop band Cobra Starship Will Perform Billboard Hits at 4th Annual XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, July 22; Half Marathon and Mini Marathon Registration open at

 Chicago, IL – June 18, 2012 – The XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon today announced that Billboard music chart toppers Cobra Starship will headline the finish line concert on Sunday, July 22, following the 13.1 mile block party taking place throughout the streets of Chicago. Created by former Midtown bassist and lead vocalist Gabe Saporta, Cobra Starship’s chart-topping hits include “You Make Me Feel…,” “Good Girls Go Bad,” and “Hot Mess,” and a new single “#1NITE.”

More than 20,000 runners are expected for the July event. (Credit Ryan Bethke)

“Cobra Starship is currently one of the hottest bands on the airwaves,” said Gary Rice, Entertainment Director of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “They will bring the party atmosphere our runners deserve to celebrate the accomplishment of completing 13.1 miles. Grant Park is a perfect finish line venue and I know our participants will be equally excited to hear Cobra Starship’s chart topping singles.”

The XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon is Chicago’s premier half-marathon scenic sites, with a downtown course that passes many of the city’s famed landmarks and picturesque parks. Runners enjoy the sounds of live, local bands along each mile of the race, interspersed with encouragement of cheerleaders and spectators, motivating and entertaining them all the way to the finish line. Race day concludes with a finish line festival where participants join family and friends to kick back, relax and enjoy the sounds of Cobra Starship in Grant Park.

Event weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. More than 100 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. The Expo is free and open to the public and all runners must visit the Expo to pick up their bib.

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A Competitor Group event, the XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon will welcome more than 20,000 participants to Chicagon on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Live bands and cheerleaders will entertain participants along every mile of the scenic course, which starts and ends in Chicago’s notable Grant Park, while traveling past many of the city’s major landmarks and parks. The race concludes with a finish line festival and post race concert.  A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at McCormick Place on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. The free expo is open to the public and will feature the latest in running apparel and nutrition products.  For more information, or to register online, please visit