How the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Works


Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Runners line up at the start for the Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.
Runners line up at the start for the Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.
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When: Aug. 21, 2011

Where: Chicago, Ill.

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Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll half marathon offers great sightseeing, winding past landmarks like Soldier Field and the Chicago Theater. It draws more than 20,000 people -- some runners, some walkers, some spectators. Whether cheering or racing, all get to enjoy the local music of the Windy City. A couple of dozen different bands along the route, including Party Freak, M&R Rush, and the Chicago Mob Dixieland Jazz Band, in 2011, play the marathon concert.

There's a 3.5-hour time limit, but slower runners and walkers can catch a ride part of the way so they can finish -- and take home the commemorative medal.

Admission to the big concert is free, and the race benefits the American Cancer Society.

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