The ever popular RNR Chicago Half marathon rolls into town this upcoming weekend and 20,000 runners will participate this coming weekend as well!
Top Americans Ready to Rock in Chicago
â€¢ 7th annual Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon to welcome 20,000 runners this weekend
â€¢ Top Americans Jeffrey Eggleston, Fernando Cabada and Bobby Mack headline men’s elite race
â€¢ Boston Champion Meb Keflezighi taking ‘Remix Challenge’ pacing runners and
Chicago, Ill. – July 15, 2015 – While 2014 Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi will be the biggest star in Chicago this weekend, some of America’s top distance runners will be racing among a field of 20,000 runners at the 2015 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon.
In preparation for the World Championships marathon on in Beijing, Jeffrey Eggleston returns to a race he won in 2013. He then went on to place 13th in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow as the top U.S. finisher. Last year, wins at Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons in Las Vegas, Chicago and Virginia Beach helped Eggleston ( PR) win the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Grand Prix. Of the 138 individuals who have qualified for 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Marathon Trials, he boasts the third-fastest time: a last year in Australia.
“My biggest opponent right now is marathon training. If I win, great, but if I finish second or third, that’s no problem. I’m achieving my objective of competing, shaking off some rust,” said Eggleston, who won $15,000 for his Grand Prix title last year. “I really like the Rock ‘n’ Roll organization. They’ve given me such a great opportunity and it’s kind of nice that I’ve grown in parallel with them. If I can show up, run my best and tune up for the World Championships that would be a thank you to
Among his top contenders are top U.S. runners Fernando Cabada, Bobby Mack, Scott Wietecha and Christian Thompson. Cabada () and Mack ( ) have both won Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathons this year in San Francisco and Raleigh respectively. Wietecha ( ) has won the St. Jude Country Music Marathon three times and Thompson ( ) recently finished as second American at this year’s Pittsburgh Half Marathon. With Kenya’s Julius Koskei ( ) there will be six runners in the field have a personal record better than .
“It’s hard to find a lot of competitive races around Raleigh during the summer so I’m looking forward to coming to Chicago and racing in the city for the first time,” said Mack, who won the 2011 U.S. 8K Championships and then the U.S. Cross Country championships the following year. “Hopefully I can get a good hard race in and feel that competitive spirit against a competitive field and whether the race goes sub-64 or sub-65 I want to be in the mix.”
Top contenders in the women’s race include Half Marathon Grand Prix champion Lindsey Scherf () of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 2012 US Half Marathon Championships team member Maegan Krifchin ( ) and Ethiopian-born Yihunlish Bekele ( ), who now has her U.S. citizenship.
In its 7th year as Chicago’s premier half marathon, the event will welcome more than 20,000 runners over race weekend. Returning in 2015, race weekend will include two days of running with 5K and 10K events taking place and . All finishers will earn a medal in each race, however runners who participate in both and events will earn a special Remix Challenge medal to commemorate their accomplishment.
Keflezighi, America’s top marathoner, will warm-up with runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K
he Health & Fitness Expo, where all runners pick up their race packets. and then pace the 90-minute group during half marathon. In addition to pacing both days of running, Meb will make several appearances throughout race weekend at t
“People take pride in where they earn their medals and glad I can help them achieve their goals,” said Keflezighi, the only runner in history to win the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, and an Olympic Marathon Medal. “Rock ‘n’ Roll gives you medals you want to show off. You run one race, you get one medal. Run two and be part of the Remix Challenge and you triple your medal count–one for the 5K, one for the half, another just for doubling down.”
Event weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place , where participants pick up their t-shirt and race number. The Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K starts at Each running event will include a post- race beer garden, entertainment on course and a finish line celebration party.
races begin at at the intersection of Columbus Dr. and Monroe, with 13.1 and 10K courses running on the streets of downtown Chicago. The fast, flat course passes many of the city’s famous landmarks and unique architecture. After crossing the finish line, runners will join family and friends to celebrate their accomplishment at the concert headlined by the Andy Grammer in Grant Park.
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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Chicago
The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half marathon will welcome more than 20,000 participants to downtown Chicago the weekend of . Event weekend includes two days of running with a 5k and a 10k and half-marathon . All events start and finish at Grant Park in downtown Chicago, featuring live bands along the course, with a beer garden and concert at the finish line.
A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off festival weekend at McCormick Place on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. The free expo is open to the public and will feature the latest in running apparel and nutrition products. Event weekend concludes with a finish line celebration and concert headlined by Andy Grammar. For more information, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Chicago or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.