Approximately 15,000 registered runners from age 12 to 82 took to the streets of the Windy City this weekend to participate in the 10th running of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds of Chicago.
The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday morning with a 5K through Grant park. The half marathon and 10K took place on Sunday, with runners from all 50 states and 43 countries taking off on a tour of Chicago. Both courses started in Grant Park taking runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chicago with epic views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, Chicago River and more.
In the half marathon, Trent Lusignan (Rochester, NY) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:08:56. Tyler Pence was second with a time of 1:10: 45. Andrew Rylaarsdam (Chicago) followed in third place finishing in 1:11:01. Diana Bogantes Gonzales (Escazu) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:18:55 with Samantha McClellan next behind her at 1:21:18. Erica Van Heerden (Chicago) rounded out the podium in 1:23:45
Elite runners and fast times aside, Sunday’s races were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including Windy City Rev Ups performed live on improved band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Participants moved along to more music than ever with all new mile-markers that included speakers and race pacers who ran with mobile speaker packs.
The musically themed road race celebrated the day’s accomplishments with the sounds of the Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, who brought the best of Chicago-style blues to the stage as the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner.
For complete results or for information on 2019 event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Chicago.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
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