Presenting Sponsor – Crohn’s & Colitis Team Challenge Official Charity for Inaugural 2009 Rock ‘n’ Roll Event

The Competitor Group (CGI) today announced that online registration has opened for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and ½ Marathon powered by for the benefit off Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The race, scheduled for December 6, 2009, is expected to draw over 20,000 runners and will feature more than 70 live bands along the scenic course.

“Partnering a world-class running event with world-class attractions will make this experience unlike any other,” said Adam Zocks, General Manager. “Las Vegas is synonymous with ‘rock and roll’ and we’re excited to create a signature event in one of the preeminent destinations in the nation. We’ll place live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations at each mile along the race course and entertain participants in true Las Vegas style.”

Both the full and half marathon courses are currently planned to start together on Las Vegas Boulevard with the finish line adjacent to Mandalay Bay. Online registration for each race is open at

Extending its partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has accepted the role of official and exclusive charity of the Las Vegas event.

“We are confident that the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s partnership with the Competitor Group for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and ½ Marathon will further elevate awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and raise much-needed funds for patients suffering,” says Staci Brown, National Director for the Foundation. “With over 1.4 million Americans living with the chronic and debilitating pain of Crohn’s and colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease, involvement in this energetic event will allow the Foundation to tap into new markets and reach new heights in its awareness-building and fundraising efforts.”

Event weekend will begin with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants must go to pick up their race number. The expo will also feature more than one hundred running and fitness retailers, exhibits and clinics.

“We know Las Vegas will be a phenomenal event,” added Zocks. “The start and finish line on the strip will lend the same grandeur to this course as our participants feel when running past the Alamo in San Antonio, through Music Row in Nashville and along the oceanfront in Virginia Beach.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas is now part of a national series of ten musically themed marathons and half-marathons. Launched in 1998, the groundbreaking concept uniquely combines entertainment with a 26.2 mile road course. The series, which originated in San Diego, includes events in Phoenix, Nashville, Seattle, Chicago, Virginia Beach, San Jose and San Antonio.

For more information or to register for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas please visit or call 800-311-1355.