Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Announces Marathon Relay

New Four Person Competition to Highlight the Original 26.2-Mile Block Party

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Known for its exciting combination of music and fitness, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is announcing a new relay event on May 31, 2009.

The relay, which will begin at the same time as the start of marathon, will feature teams of four runners each running a five-to-eight-mile leg of the course that starts at Balboa Park and winds its way through Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley and Mission Bay to reach the finish line at the Marine Core Recruit Depot.

“The relay competition is just another example of the spirit of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and how the local community can get involved with the event,” said Kari Logan, Event Manager of the seventh largest U.S. marathon. “The team competition is a great way to experience the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, especially for those who are not quite ready to run the full 26.2-mile distance.”

The relay competition will be limited to 400 teams with male, female, coed and corporate categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each category. All participants will receive a goodie bag, tee shirt, medal and each team will receive a commemorative Rock ‘n’ Roll race baton.

“In what is typically considered an individual sport, this will add a fun team component,” added Logan. “Runners are encouraged to wear costumes and invent original team names. Camaraderie with a charity or as a part of a relay team can be as memorable a part of the race as crossing the finish line.”

Entry fees are $75 per relay participant and registration is now open.  Teams may register online at www.rnrmarathon.com. The deadline to register your team is May 24, 2009.

About The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
In 2009, the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will celebrate its 12th year as San Diego’s premiere running event. Annually one of the largest marathons in the country, the road race is still recognized for its record inaugural running that brought 15,771 participants across the finish line. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon’s official charity, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, annually raises over $12 million through its endurance sports training program.

A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. The expo is free and open to the public and is where all race participants pick up their race number, browse through fitness related products and attend informational clinics.

Today, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has spread to nine cities nationwide, creating the first national series of marathons and half-marathons. For more information about the race, please call 800-311-1255 or visit www.rnrmarathon.com.

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