The 10-time global medalist is looking forward to racing in the inaugural 3.1-mile event.
One of the world’s all-time great distance runners, Bernard Lagat, will headline the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Philadelphia, September 19-21. The 39-year-old will race at the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K on Saturday morning, which starts and finishes in front of the historic Philadelphia Museum of Art running out and back on Martin Luther King Drive.
“To have America’s most decorated middle distance runner, a world champion at the distance, headline the 5K at the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival says just how special and important Philadelphia is and we are ecstatic,” said Tracy Sundlun, SVP of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
The recently launched festival weekend is an extension of the historic Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, Sept. 21, and is one of the most prestigious half marathons in the world. It is the site of five World and five American records, as well as both of the current U.S. all-comers records.
The most decorated American 5,000m runner in history, Lagat recently won his seventh 5,000m title at the U.S. Outdoor National Track & Field Championships in Sacramento. In 2007, Lagat became the first American to win gold in the 1,500m at the World Outdoor Championships and the first American to win an Olympic or world championship in the 1,500 since 1908. He was the first American to win a 5,000m medal of any kind at the World Championships.
“To come straight from my European track season to the U.S. and have my last competition of 2014 be in Philadelphia couldn’t be more perfect and I should be in peak shape,” said Lagat, a 10-time global medalist in the Olympics and IAAF World Championships, including five golds. “Having raced the Penn Relays I know Philadelphia is a great running community and I look forward to being a part of Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia’s new history with the addition of a 5K event this year.”