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VALLEY OF THE SUN WELCOMES OVER 16,000 REGISTERED RUNNERS AT THE 2020 HUMANA ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ARIZONA MARATHON & ½ MARATHON

Brendan Sage (St. Michael, Minn.) and Tara Kaur (Sedona, Ariz.) takes top spots in the marathon; 
Panuel Mkungo (Kenya) and Kellyn Taylor (Flagstaff, Ariz.) win the half marathon

PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE, TEMPE, Ariz. (Jan. 19, 2020) – Over 16,000 registered runners took to the streets this weekend to participate in the 17th running of the 2020 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. Known for Bringing the Fun to the Run™ the event saw runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds of three scenic Arizona cities.

Kicking off the New Year, the 2020 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon offered a distance for everyone. The best-in-class running event began Saturday with the KiDS ROCK and 5K presented by Brooks races. The running returned on Sunday with the marathon and half marathon. Runners from all 50 states and 20 countries received a first-class tour of the area as they ran through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe for a one-of-a-kind urban Southwestern running experience with a beautiful backdrop and weather.

In the marathon, Brendan Sage (St. Michael, Minn.) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 2:20:58. Chip  O'Hara (Auburn, N.Y.) was second with a time of 2:21:20. Craig Curley (Tucson, Ariz.) followed in third place finishing in 2:25:11. Tara Kaur (Sedona, Ariz.) was the women’s champion with a final time of 2:42:16 with Andrea Pomaranski (Wolverine Lake, Mich.) next behind her at 2:44:09. Sarah Klass (Oakland, Cali.) rounded out the podium in 2:46:22.

In the half marathon Panuel Mkungo (Kenya) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:00:25. Daniel Kemoi (Kenya) was second with a time of 1:01:01. Brian Shrader (Brighton, Mass.) followed in third place finishing in 1:01:08. Kellyn Taylor (Flagstaff, Ariz.) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:09:13 followed immediately by Stephanie Bruce Flagstaff, Ariz.) just behind her with an identical time of 1:09:13. Bridget Belyeu (Newnan, Ga.) rounded out the podium in 1:12:27.

Several local bands, including the Cesar Chavez High School Drumline, Breakdown, Crown The Yeti, JT's Steel Drum Band, The Phoenician Four, Ripcord, Steelin’ The Night Away plus many others performed live on band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Participants moved along to more music than ever with all new mile-markers that included speakers while taking in the local scenery and city streets packed with spectator support.

Live coverage of today’s event was made available exclusively on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Facebook page. The race broadcast included a pre-race show, as well as live coverage of the half marathon. Visit here for a replay of the event. 

The musically themed road race celebrated the day’s accomplishments with Tempe’s own GRAMMY award-nominated Gin Blossoms headlining the post-race concert at the finish line festival held at Tempe Beach Park. The event was free and open to the public.

For complete results or for information on 2021 event, visit www.RunRocknRoll.com/Arizona/

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, please visit www.runrocknroll.com. Media may contact press@runrocknroll.com.
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About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.

About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group
Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.