Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon keeps the music alive

The popularity of music-themed races is continuing to catch on with runners across the country: the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego remains a huge hit since its inaugural run in 1998. The Country Music Marathon crooned its way into runners' hearts with its second running April 21.

This year, waiting in the wings for its big debut is the first-ever Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon, coming to Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 2, 2001.

Race organizers Elite Racing has modeled the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon after the well-known musical marathon that shares its name: bands will line the course on stages at each mile, and a concert featuring a premiere headlining artist will follow the race. In addition, 14 local high school cheerleading squads will line the route, providing spirit and energy all the way to the finish line.

The fast 13.1-mile seaside course is "pancake flat," winding along Virginia Beach's oceanfront. A field of world-class elite runners will race for the $80,000 prize purse the largest for any half-marathon in the United States. Runners' times will be recorded with the ChampionChip computer timing system.

Theres nothing like a spirited 13.1 mile race, complete with live rock n roll music, cheerleaders and plenty of spectators to showcase Virginia Beachs beauty and appeal, said Elite Racing President Tim Murphy. This course is flat and fast and takes participants along Virginia Beachs spectacular seaside.

Organizers expect this inaugural event to fill up fast the field is limited to 15,000 runners, so register soon! The Rock n Roll Half Marathon was announced Oct. 11, 2000 and has already received entries from 45 states and numerous countries.

For runners who have achieved the bi-coastal feat of finishing any Rock 'n' Roll Marathon from 1998 through this year as well as this year's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon race organizers will be handing out the special 39.3 Mile Award.

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