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Rose Festival Rocks On

Local and national running enthusiasts are marking their calendars for Sunday, May 20, 2012, when the inaugural Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon hits the streets of the Rose City.

Rose Festival CEO Jeff Curtis, along with Commissioner Randy Leonard, Competitor Group, Inc. President Scott Dickey and Travel Portland CEO Jeff Miller, announced a partnership between the festival and San Diego-based CGI that will bring the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series to Portland next year.

“We’re excited to welcome an event that not only inspires good health and fitness, but also a sense of camaraderie and community,” said Curtis. “Portland is a runner’s dream and this is a chance to truly showcase our beautiful city to visitors from across the country.”

The Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will be the first major event of the 2012 Rose Festival. The 13.1-mile route will highlight both eastside and westside locations, as well as featuring Portland parks and the Willamette River.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has grown to 19 marathons and half marathons across the country, delivering the ultimate running experience by lining each course with the sounds of live, local bands, cheerleaders, and thousands of spectators helping to motivate and entertain each runner through their journey to the finish line.

A free two-day Health and Fitness Expo will be held Friday and Saturday to kickoff event weekend. The Expo will be open to the public and feature the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sample and sale, as well as a series of interactive fitness clinics. Event weekend concludes with a post-race concert at the finish line, with all participants and volunteers receiving free entry. Past acts at other Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons include SEAL, INXS, Journey, B-52s, Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie & the Blowfish.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our presence in the Pacific Northwest with the addition of such a tremendous destination in Portland,” said Scott Dickey, President of CGI. “In addition to being a great destination for runners throughout the U.S., Portland is a city filled with healthy, active people who we can draw on to make this race one of the best in the country. We look forward to partnering with the Rose Festival to build a world-class running event here in Portland.”