Rock & Roll Hall of Fame half marathon highlights Cleveland’s revival

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame half marathon highlights Cleveland’s revival

Written by Theresa Neuhoff on 01 February 2017.

In the city where the term “rock and roll” was coined by disc jockey Alan Freed in the early 1950’s, it’s fitting that a race with the same name is in its third year and growing in popularity.

It’s no surprise the Rock Hall Half Marathon, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, on August 20 in Cleveland, will begin and end in front of the museum where legendary musicians are immortalized.

This year the race, which is organized by Greater Cleveland XC, features not only a half marathon and half marathon three-person relay (7:15 a.m. starts), but also a 10K (7:30) and 5K (7:45). Half marathon registration includes one free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which is valued at $23.

“Rock and roll is part of the DNA of this city,” Todd Mesek, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Vice President of Marketing and Communications, said. “This is the grit the blue-collar town was built on. “The notion is not for the Rock Hall to be an ivory tower. It’s about us being there for the community. This is the people’s music and they need to feel like they own it.”

There will be plenty of music on race day along with medals for all finishers, live Chronotrack results and free photos which will be available on Facebook and with the results within Athlinks.“Cleveland needs to be a destination,” Race organizer Bill Dennison said. “Every marathon I’ve done has been outside Ohio. I leave Ohio to do races. Why can’t we attract people to come to Ohio? The Cavs just won a championship, the Indians were in the World Series and we hosted the Republican National Convention. Cleveland is on the up and up.”

To discover the up and coming hot spots in Cleveland and experience the grittiness it was built on, join the race, and become a legend, one step at a time.

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