Bruce, Bawcom Headline Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

  • Thomas Morstead of the New Orleans Saints will run the 10K for Team Feed The Children
  • The KONGOS and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to headline post-race concert
  • 2016 pre-sale open with special $50 half-marathon registration and $25 10k.

BruceNew Orleans, LA. – January 23, 2015 – American runnersBen Bruce andJanet Bawcom will headline the half-marathon at this Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting Feed the Children. The event features a fast and flat course, as the site of two U.S. all-comers half-marathon records.

Bruce, 32, won the marathon last year with a time of 2:21:56, his first of five Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon wins. For 2015, Bruce is back to focusing on shorter distance races, finishing 4th at last weekend’s P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon.

“I’m excited to come back to New Orleans to try to win at a different distance, and if I can do that hopefully I’ll leave my mark on the city,” said Bruce. “I always enjoy the spectacular sights of New Orleans and this race doesn’t disappoint.

In addition to Bruce, men’s field includes 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier Tommy Neal of Colorado Springs, who will look to improve on his 1:05:00 PR to qualify for the 2016 trials. Other top contenders are Notre Dame Graduate Mike Popejoy (1:06:24) and Italy’s Paolo Natali (1:05:59).

The woman’s half-marathon field will be led by Bawcom, one of the most dominant U.S. distance runners. Bawcom, who represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics where she finished 12th in the 10,000m, has won nine U.S. national championships as well two USA Running Circuit overall women’s titles.

Last year Bawcom won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon in November and the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in December, with times of 1:13:06 and 1:13:30.  She’s the class of the field in New Orleans, with University at Albany graduate Silvia Del Fava and Maria Elena Calle of Ecuador her top opposition.

For the first time in 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans will feature a 10K distance and also benefit Feed The Children, which exists to end childhood hunger reaching all 50 states, plus 18 countries. Thomas Morstead of the New Orleans Saints will run the 10K for Team Feed The Children.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. We’re excited about the partnership we have with Thomas and other groups, like Coach Payton’s foundation. New Orleans is one of those areas where we will continue to work,” said Kevin Hagan, CEO of Feed The Children. “Partnerships like the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans are key to helping our organization reach new audiences to defeat childhood hunger.”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon begins at 7:00 am in downtown New Orleans on Poydras Street. With a fast course that starts below sea level, the route traverses beautiful St. Charles Avenue, running out and back before touring the historic French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue and iconic City Park. The races will once again finish in City park on oak tree lined Roosevelt Mall behind the New Orleans Museum of Art, where Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The KONGOS will headline the post-race party which features a beer garden with unlimited draft beer for 21+ runners.

Race weekend kicked off on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Health & Fitness Expo in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Runners can take advantage of a special pre-sale for the 2016 event, which is scheduled for February 26-28, with half-marathon registration for $50 and the 10k just $25. For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon, please visitRunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon returns to the Big Easy the weekend of January 23-25, 2015. The streets will be rockin’ with the sounds of local bands and cheerleaders lining nearly every mile of the 26.2 and 13.1 mile-race courses, along with thousands of spectators. Event weekend kicks off on Friday, February 22 with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center where all participants pick up their race number and packet. All Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans participants will be treated to a finish line concert headlined by the Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The KONGOS. For more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com  or follow@RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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