Before Galen Rupp tackles his next big city marathon in the U.S., he’ll be running the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sept. 17. The half marathon will be a tune up race for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8.
“I’m thrilled to be running the AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September,” said Galen Rupp. “It is going to be a great race and is the perfect opportunity to test myself before the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.”
A three-time Olympian, Rupp has won silver in the men’s 10,000 meters in London and a bronze medal in the marathon in Rio de Janeiro last summer. Earlier this year, he made his debut in the Boston Marathon with a second-place finish of 2:09:58.
“Galen Rupp is one of America’s greatest long-distance runners and to have him race the flat, fast streets of Philadelphia will certainly be a race to watch,” said Matt Turnbull, elite athlete coordinator. “We are pleased to have him be a part of the race and invite the entire community to come and watch one of America’s best.”
AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia will feature two days of running with the half marathon on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 a.m., and the AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K and 10K on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., respectively. Participants can take the “Remix Challenge” by running both Saturday and Sunday to earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals.
The half marathon will once again start and finish in Fairmount Park and will take runners on a scenic tour of downtown Philadelphia. Course highlights include, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall, the LOVE sculpture, the historic Eastern State Penitentiary Boathouse Row, Schuylkill River and more. The 5K and 10K will also start and finish in Fairmount Park.
In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and post-race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headlined by Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Fairmount Park.