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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Other Officials Announce New Partnership for SunTrust National Marathon


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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other District officials joined Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance to officially announce a new partnership for the SunTrust National Marathon. The event and its associated half-marathon will be rebranded as the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon. The next event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

“We are the perfect city to host a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. We have an incredible running scene, and we have a lot of musicians. It’s a winning combination for a perfect event in the District of Columbia next year,” said Mayor Gray. “I heartily welcome anything that improves the health and wellness of our community and certainly welcome anything that generates revenue for our great city. That’s why you’ll see me at the starting line in March.”

The event is the only marathon run entirely within the District of Columbia, featuring a picturesque route through the capital city that highlights the District’s many monuments and landmarks. Registration is open online today. It features a special 50-state challenge, with a free entry to the first participant to register from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Free entry winners will be announced throughout the day on Facebook. A special 48- hour promotional price of $60 for the half-marathon and $75 for the marathon is available online. The price increases on Wednesday, August 3, to $80 for the half marathon and $95 for the full marathon.

“We know that Washington, D.C. is one of the great running markets in the country and we are excited to celebrate the history and pageantry of our Nation’s Capital with the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon next spring,” said Peter Englehart, CEO of CGI. “With a scenic race course that highlights the many patriotic monuments and spectacular landmarks throughout the capital, we intend to market this event to runners around the world as a unique way to the experience the wealth of attractions that define American history.”

The D.C. event will become the 26th tour stop in the international series of entertainment-themed marathons and half marathons, which are known for lining race routes with live bands and fanfare at each mile. The series, which started in San Diego in 1998, has spearheaded an active-lifestyle movement that provides a healthy entertainment outlet for people from all walks of life.

“We are more than thrilled to partner with Competitor Group and to welcome the Rock ‘n’ Roll brand to our community,” said Robert T. Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, which formerly owned the event and will continue to assist with local operations. “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series makes running fun, and today more people than ever are turning to the sport for the health benefits and personal challenge. With the continued partnership from our title sponsors, SunTrust and CareFirst, we are looking forward to March 17, 2012.”

In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, D.C. runners will be treated to a post-race finish-line concert after the event. All runners receive free entry to the concert, which in 2010 featured headliner acts including Everclear, Five for Fighting, Pat Benatar & REO Speedwagon, Blues Traveler, Neon Trees and Bret Michaels. The events have become a fundraising powerhouse for charity endurance-training programs, such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Groups like these have raised in excess of $256 million through the series since 1998.

For more information or to register of the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon, visit Competitor.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.