San Diego, CA – August 4, 2010 – The Competitor Group (CGI), the leading media and event company in the endurance sports industry, today announced two new markets for the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2011 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2011.
“This is a significant step for the Competitor Group to expand the reach of our brand nationally with two of the most well-known destinations on the east coast,” said Peter Englehart, CEO of CGI. “We welcome the additions of Providence and Savannah to our 2011 schedule.”
Since acquiring the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 2008, CGI has expanded the schedule from five events to sixteen races across the country. Providence and Savannah join existing cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas on the 2011 tour.
“It’s a real coup for Rhode Island to host a Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon,” said Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon revolutionized the endurance sports industry when it combined entertainment with running in 1998. Race participants are entertained by live bands playing music at every mile along the course, interspersed with themed water stations and cheerleading squads providing motivation to the finish line. With charity partners raising over $233 million at the events to date, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has become one the most successful charity fundraising platforms in the world.
“Our community is excited about this opportunity to showcase a world-class running event in Savannah,” said Joseph Marinelli, President of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have great expectations for the race and to have a partner with a first-rate brand, known for their top notch entertainment, is not only exciting but synonymous with what visitors to Savannah have come to expect.”