Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Sets New Course at National Mall
Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Moves Start From RFK Stadium to Constitution Ave Adjacent to Washington DC’s Famous Monuments and Memorials
Washington, DC – August 28, 2012 – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, today announced the second Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon will start on Constitution Ave at the National Mall in Washington DC on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
“We feel it’s an incredible opportunity to put together our nation’s premier tourist attractions with one of Washington DC’s premier special events, the Rock ’n’ Roll USA Marathon,” said Adam Zocks, Vice President of CGI, director of the event. “The National Mall is the heart of monumental Washington and will provide a breathtaking backdrop for runners traveling from around the world. With a close proximity to center city hotels and more than 5 metro stops within one-mile, we believe it will ensure the best possible experience for both the city and our race participants.”
The marathon and the half marathon will start simultaneously on Constitution Avenue at 14th Street, featuring a new course running exclusively on the streets of Washington DC. The new route heads westbound on Constitution with views of the White House on the right and the Washington Monument on the left. The route makes a right on Virginia Avenue near George Washington University, looping back towards the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial. At the 2 mile mark passing West Potomac Park, the course crosses the Arlington Memorial Bridge before turning left on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway.
Both marathon and half marathon runners will share the same course for the first 12.2 miles before the half marathoners split, heading to the finish line at RFK Stadium. The marathoners head back towards the U.S. Capitol Building, with the second half of the 26.2-mile route not including any significant changes. At 16.7 miles, the marathon will turn onto P Street around Fort McNair to Nationals Park. More than 3 miles of the marathon run along the Anacostia River featuring scenic view of the Washington DC skyline. RFK Stadium had served as the race’s start since 2006 and will continue to host the finish line festival and post race concert.
Known as the National Marathon for six years, the only marathon run entirely within the District of Columbia was acquired last year by San Diego-based Competitor Group and rebranded as part of the international Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The event sold out more than two months in advance with 24,000 registered runners. Competitor Group also owns and operates the Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Washington D.C., one of the largest triathlons in the United States taking place on Sunday, September 9.
In addition to record participation numbers at DC’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll event in March, 17 charities raised $700,000 through the event in 2012. Over the 15-year history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, runners have raised more than $278 million for a variety of causes and non-profit organizations.
The 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, March 16. Marathon weekend kicks off with the Health & Fitness Expo at the DC Armory Thursday and Friday. The Expo, which is free to the general public, features interactive activities, educational sessions and expert speakers along with 80 exhibitors providing free samples, giveaways and health and fitness information. Kids can also get into the action with ING Kids Rock D.C., a non-timed, non-competitive one-mile run for children in grades K-7 held on Friday night.
For more information or to register for the 2013 event, click here.