Posted by: Joe English | October 13, 2008

News: New Chicago Rock N Roll Half-Marathon for 2009

Update: This story originally listed the date of the upcoming race as August 9th, 2009. We’ve confirmed with race organizers that the date was changed to August 2nd, 2009.

Rock N Roll Chicago 8-2-2009

Rock N Roll Chicago 8-2-2009

The Rock N Roll Marathon series is expanding once again, this time coming to Chicago in the form of a half-marathon. According to Competitor Group, the company that manages the musical racing series, they have acquired the Chicago Distance Classic, which will now become the Rock N Roll Chicago Half-marathon.

The first Rock N Roll Chicago Half-marathon will be held August 2nd, 2009.

Scott Dickey, Chief Operating Officer of the Competitor Group, said today: “With its rich musical history and passionate sports enthusiasts, Chicago is an ideal location to host a Rock ‘n’ Roll running event.”

The Chicago Distance Classic was organized by Runner’s World columnist John “The Penguin” Bingham. The race drew at least 10,000 runners and walkers in 2008 and has been held since at least 2003.

Registration opened today for the new Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon at Race registration is being offered for a discounted entry fee when you register with coupon code WWTRN.

The Rock N Roll Marathon series has been expanding quickly over the last two years. The original series included the Rock N Roll Marathon in San Diego, the Country Music Marathon in Nashville and the Rock N Roll Half-marathon in Virginia Beach. Over the years, the series has added races in Arizona, San Antonio, San Jose and most recently Seattle.

The races tend to be quite large, most drawing 15,000 or more runners. Elite Racing, the division that organizes the group, also tends to bring in elite fields to most of the events, making them highly competitive.

For more information about the new Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon, go to

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  1. Is this race August 2, 2009 or August 9th. You have both dates in your promo.
    Does this race take the place of the
    Chicago Distance Classic?
    Thank you

  2. In answer to Joe’s comment:
    yes, the new Rock N Roll Chicago Half takes the place of the Chicago Distance Classic.

    The date of the race is August 9th, 2009.


  3. The website says August 2, 2009 on the main page as well as on the registration pages.

  4. I’ll confirm the date with Elite Racing. The content above was from their press release and you’ll notice that the logo says August 9th, 2009 at the bottom.

    But they may have changed their plans. . .

  5. I confirmed today with Elite Racing that the date of the race did in fact change.

    The race date for 2009 is August 2nd, 2009.

    An e-mail has gone out to all registered runners and their web-site reflects this date.

    Coach Joe

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