AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Laces up for 2016 Race

  • Race will debut revamped course taking runners past new sights
  • Alternative rock band Guster to headline post race concert  
  • World class running event returns the weekend of Sept. 17 – 18, 2016
  • Free 8-week half-marathon training programs are available online

 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon will take over “The City of Brotherly Love” the weekend of September 17 – 18, 2016.

The historic race, running for its 39th year in 2016, returns to its traditional mid-September date, which is ideal timing for athletes training for a fall marathon. The storied event is known for live bands and fanfare, entertaining participants along the course. Five World Records and three American records have been sealed at the AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

The revamped course this year will take runners past new sights including, Fairmount Ave. and the historic Eastern State Penitentiary. Free 8-week half-marathon training tips are available online for runners of all abilities.

“We are thrilled to be back in Philadelphia and look forward to putting on another world class running event,” said Elisa Hoffman, Marketing Manager of the event. “With an updated course and rockin’ headliner, this event is one you won’t want to miss. With just over 8 weeks to race day we encourage all runners to grab a friend, start a training program and join us in Philadelphia.”

After a 1-year hiatus, race weekend will feature two-days of running. The AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K returns this year on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 am and will start and finish in Eakins Oval, Fairmount Park. Participants who run both the 5K and the half marathon will earn the coveted Remix Challenge Medal in addition to each race’s finisher medal.

The half-marathon will take place on Sunday, September 18 at 7:30 a.m. The course will start and finish in Eakins Oval, Fairmount Park and participants will experience historic and cultural sites including, City Hall, the LOVE sculpture, Boathouse Row, Schuylkill River and more. In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headlined by Guster.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information, and much more. The Expo takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, September 16, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public.

American Association for Cancer Research is the race’s charity title sponsor. The AACR is the first and largest cancer research organization in the world, bringing together the greatest minds in cancer research in the quest to cure and prevent cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. The AACR is known throughout the cancer research community as a catalyst to propel the advancement of cancer research and improve patient care by convening and collaborating with the public, physicians, researchers, academia, advocacy organizations, industry, government, and scientific societies.

For more information about AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia or to register for the event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Philadelphia.

Runners take off at the 2015 AACR Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
Runners take off at the 2015 AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon