Olympic medalist to pace at Saturday’s 5k and race in Sunday’s Half Marathon; First of five scheduled Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festivals to launch in Chicago on July 18-20; Runners can still register to the Remix Challenge - CHICAGO – Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan will lead two days of running at the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Chicago the weekend of Friday-Sunday, July 18-20. America’s top female marathoner will warm-up with runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K on Saturday and then compete at the 6th Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality on Sunday. Both events start and finish at Grant Park in downtown Chicago.
“From the Billy Joel concert on Friday night at Wrigley Field to Saturday’s 5K and Sunday’s half-marathon, it’s going to be an incredible weekend in Chicago,” said Flanagan (right, credit PhotoRun), who set her half-marathon personal record (PR) of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds at Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans last year. “This will be my first step towards a marathon this fall and I'm excited to see where my fitness is at after my recent training in Park City. It will also be a treat for me to shakeout with the Chicago running community at the 5K on Saturday while enjoying the amazing views of the downtown skyline along the city’s beautiful lakefront.”
In its 6th year as Chicago’s premier half-marathon, the event will welcome more than 20,000 runners over race weekend. This year marks the first time race weekend will include two days of running with 5k events taking place on Saturday and Sunday. All finishers will earn a medal at each race, however runners who participate in both Saturday and Sunday’s events will earn a special Remix Challenge medal to commemorate their accomplishment.