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Six sub-1:04 American’s are racing on Sunday, including Shadrack Biwott, Patrick Symth, Fernando Cabada and Tyler McCandless. (Pictured above. Credit PhotoRun.net)


Elite races to be streamed live on Periscope @RunRocknRoll at 8:00am PST on Sunday, October 2

September 28, 2016 – Of all the adjectives you could use to describe the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon one that would never apply is the word “slow.” This annual event, which takes place on Sunday, happens to be the fastest 13.1-mile event in the state of California.

Mammoth Track Club elite competitor Shadrack Biwott will be toeing the line in San Jose on Sunday and is well aware of the speed he will need to be exhibiting along the flat course that starts in the middle of the city known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley”. The 31-year-old Biwott, who is coached by Andrew Kastor, the husband of American Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor, will be running San Jose as a way to prepare for the TCS New York City Marathon in November.

“This is the perfect time and the perfect race for me as I prepare for my marathon,” he said. “It’s a great race. I want to get a good effort out there.”

According to Biwott, a former standout at the University of Oregon and a 2:12 marathoner, a “good effort” would be 62 minutes for the 13.1 miles, which equates to a blazing average of 4:43 per mile. But deep down, though, Biwott says he’d love to improve on his older brother’s (Duncan Kibet) mark on the course. Kibet clocked 1:00:22 back in 2006 at the inaugural edition of the race, which still stands as the California state half-marathon record.

“That would be really nice if I could do that. You never know, right?” he said with a laugh. “Anything could happen, but I don’t want to over-reach too much out there.”

Biwott says he’s decided to run the marathon in TCS New York City out of an obligation for not finishing it back in 2011. “I need to go back there and leave the right impression with the good people of New York,” he said. “I still feel like I still owe them. I need to go back there and do a good job.”

He says his training, up to 125 miles a week at altitude in Mammoth, has been going great.

“Being on the West Coast means that I can drive a few hours to get to San Jose to race and it won’t disrupt my training compared to if I had to fly to the East Coast to race. I’m really excited. I’ve put in the work to have a good race on Sunday.”

Regardless how the race unfolds on Sunday, Biwott says he’s thrilled to be returning to the Rock ‘n’ Roll experience.

“I know there will be great crowds there,” he said. “This is the perfect opportunity for me.  I don’t take anything for granted. I am very thankful and I want to thank the Rock ‘n’ Roll team for allowing me to compete there. They always do a great job.”

Though he is wearing bib #1, Biwott’s chances of victory in San Jose on Sunday will be anything but easy. He will be squaring off against some of the best American road racers that include Patrick Smyth, a 1:02:01 half-marathoner, who has gutted it out on the turf while wearing the American singlet at the World Cross-Country Championships. Smyth has also enjoyed success on the trails, winning the U.S. Half Marathon Trail Championships back in 2014.

Another key rival to watch for on the San Jose streets will be a long-time “street fighter” on the road-racing circuit: Fernando Cabada, who’s 1:02:00 half-marathon personal best means he will surely be at or near the front of the pack. Cabada is also from Fresno, which may give him some added motivation as he returns to his California roots.

Other top Americans in the men’s race include Scott MacPherson (1:02:56), Daniel Tapia (1:03:39) and  Tyler McCandless (1:03:16). Making their half-marathon debut on Sunday will be Matthew Leach, a graduate from the University of San Francisco, and Ryan Dohner, who trains with Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose returns on October 1-2 with the half marathon and 10K races on Sunday and a 5K on Saturday. Runners will start at W. Santa Clara St. and Almaden Blvd. and tour the sights of the Bay Area city. The half marathon course will run past City Hall, through Japantown, out and back on The Alameda and through the Rose Garden neighborhood. The event comes to an exciting and scenic finish at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose where Rogue Wave will headline the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The free expo is open to the public and will showcase the latest in running products, services and free samples from fitness experts as all registered runners pick up their race number, t-shirt and timing tag.

For more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/San-Jose  or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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Olympic Medalist Rhian Wilkinson to Run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon http://www.runrocknroll.com/press-releases/2016/09/olympic-medalist-rhian-wilkinson-run-rock-n-roll-montreal-marathon/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:40:17 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=100748 Most Olympic medal winners who take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll race series have earned their accolades by competing […]

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Most Olympic medal winners who take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll race series have earned their accolades by competing on the track or the roads, but on Sunday at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon, one participant earned hers on the turf— Rhian Wilkinson is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in soccer, having represented Canada in 2012 and 2016.

The 34-year-old star on the pitch from Baie-D’Urfé, Canada (near Montreal) has enjoyed an enormously successful career as both a defender and a striker, and now she has decided to race the full 26.2 miles on Sunday for a variety of reasons.

“I got an email from the Canadian Olympic Committee that indicated they would help athletes who want to run the race,” Wilkinson recalls. “I had just given a speech about how it’s good to push your limits, and I decided right there that I needed to put into action what I had been saying all along.”

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Wilkinson has only run one marathon previously and, other than her training for the Olympics, hasn’t allocated much time to prepare for the grueling 26.2-mile distance. “If I can do this, I will be unbelievably proud with myself. I know I’ve just signed up for the race when most people have been tapering for it, but I figured it was something worth trying.”

Wilkinson says that she hopes her mental sharpness she’s honed on the soccer pitch throughout her career will aid her in the tough parts of Sunday’s race, and that her expectations in terms of finishing time are realistic.

“I have tremendous respect for those who have prepared for the marathon and so I don’t really plan to run a certain time,” she admits. “I just want to finish it. I’m not going to be wearing my iPod and I really look forward to experiencing the race without my headphones. I go to marathons and cheer. The crowd and the live music will be enough to push me.”

Montreal is near and dear to Wilkinson’s heart and she hopes to also channel some hometown good vibes along the way. “I love this place,” she says. “I think I’ll get energy from the fact that it’s home for me.”

Joining Wilkinson on Sunday will be 10 other Canadian Olympians, including Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (judo) and Antoine Bouchard (judo) both running the half marathon, and Caroline Ouellette (hockey) who will be running the 10K.

Festivities in Montreal kick off on Friday with the opening of the health and fitness expo at Place Bonaventure and continue through to Sunday with a variety of races (1K, 5K, 10K, half and full marathon) that will route runners over breathtaking bridges, gorgeous parks, and quaint Parisian-looking neighborhoods.

In keeping with all Rock ‘n’ Roll races, entertainment will not be in short supply with 22 bands jamming along the scenic course, which winds through the best parts of the historic Canadian city, including the finish line where Our Lady Peace will serenade runners and spectators with their hit “Somewhere Out There.

“We are extremely pleased that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Marathon continues to bring together more Montrealers and visitors every year, providing this unique opportunity for amateurs, athletes and supporters to celebrate their shared passions and all that the city has to offer,” said Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, a member of Montreal’s Executive Committee responsible for sports and leisure.

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Synchrony Financial and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Run Together with Sponsorship http://www.runrocknroll.com/news/2016/09/synchrony-financial-rock-n-roll-marathon-series-run-together-sponsorship/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:53:07 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/?p=100664 Agreement includes title sponsorship of Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon and Runner Tracking     STAMFORD, Conn. […]

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Agreement includes title sponsorship of Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon and Runner Tracking

 

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STAMFORD, Conn. & SAN DIEGO, Calif. – September 14, 2016 – Competitor Group, Inc.  (CGI), the organizer of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, and Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF), a premier consumer financial services company, today announced a multi-year partnership. The pioneering consumer financial services company is now a national sponsor of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, the title sponsor of the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon and the presenting sponsor of Runner Tracking.

As part of Synchrony Financial’s efforts to help participants realize their unique ambitions, the multi-year agreement integrates the company throughout the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. In addition to the title sponsorship of the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, it will have dedicated marketing and hospitality opportunities at Rock ‘n’ Roll events nationwide. Synchrony Financial also becomes the Presenting Sponsor of Runner Tracking, providing live mobile updates for family and friends to track runners at every Rock ‘n’ Roll event.

“As a leading consumer financial institution looking to empower others, we are delighted to provide Synchrony Financial a fully integrated sports marketing platform to engage with runners and spectators across the United States,” said Josh Furlow, president of CGI. “We look forward to collaborating on new and innovative event experiences as they activate broadly across the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and showcase their commitment to improving the success and wellness of every life they touch.”

“Our company recognizes that each individual has unique ambitions, whether working forward to finishing their first race or setting a new personal best, and our Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series sponsorship enables us to engage our employees and race participants with events in 2016 and beyond,” said Bart Schaller, chief marketing officer of Synchrony Financial. “Integrating our ‘Synchrony Rocks’ programs with the Series builds on our Health 360 initiative, which encourages healthy choices and physical activity to support the health and wellness of our employees.”

The Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. With Synchrony Financial’s headquarters in nearby Stamford, Conn., and 17,500 runners expected, the event will be a celebration of the community. It features a new course starting at the iconic Brooklyn Art Museum and finishing in Prospect Park.

As presenting sponsor of Runner Tracking, Synchrony Financial is happy to help keep families and friends updated on their runners’ journey through each Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. With quick and easy Runner Tracking registration, fans can spend less time signing up for the service, and more time cheering their athlete on.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is known for an unparalleled participant experience, which fills miles of roads with music and entertainment at 30 destination events around the world every year. Starting with an interactive Health & Fitness Expo, the participant experience at a Rock ‘n’ Roll weekend is second to none.

For more details or to register, go to RunRocknRoll.com/Brooklyn. Further information about the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

About Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) is one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. Our roots in consumer finance trace back to 1932, and today we are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables.* We provide a range of credit products through programs we have established with a diverse group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare service providers to help generate growth for our partners and offer financial flexibility to our customers. Through our partners’ over 350,000 locations across the United States and Canada, and their websites and mobile applications, we offer our customers a variety of credit products to finance the purchase of goods and services. Synchrony Financial offers private label and co-branded Dual Card credit cards, promotional financing and installment lending, loyalty programs and FDIC-insured savings products through Synchrony Bank. More information can be found at www.synchronyfinancial.com, facebook.com/SynchronyFinancial, www.linkedin.com/company/synchrony-financial and twitter.com/SYFNews.

*Source: The Nilson Report (May 2016, Issue # 1087) – based on 2015 data.

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