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Mo Farah to battle Galen Rupp at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that four-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion and five-time European champion Mo Farah will join the 2018 Chicago Marathon elite competition.

In 2012, Farah became the first British athlete in history to win an Olympic gold at the 10,000m, and he is just the second athlete in history to pull off back-to-back gold medals in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

The Chicago Marathon marks Farah’s third go at the distance and his first 42K on U.S. soil. He joins defending champion and former training partner, Galen Rupp, at the front of this year’s elite pack. Farah and Rupp made history together at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing with the gold and silver in the 10,000m.

“Mo and Galen are two of the greatest distance runners of all time,” said Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Carey Pinkowski. “They come to Chicago following in the footsteps of incredible runners like Khalid Khannouchi, Sammy Wanjiru, Moses Tanui, Paul Tergat, Steve Jones and more.

These two runners have competed at the highest level of competition and I’m confident they will come prepared for what’s shaping up to be an epic showdown.”

Farah made his marathon debut in 2014 in London, clocking 2:08: 21 to finish eighth. He refocused his energy on the track and the 2016 Rio Olympics before tackling the distance again this spring. He finished third in London with a new personal best and a national record, 2:06:21. Farah dazzled fans at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he experienced a dramatic fall, tumbling hard to the track, in the 10,000m.

Instead of panicking, he found his feet, rejoined the pack and ran away from the rest of the field to win gold. In addition to his Olympic and world titles, he has landed on the top of the podium 20 times in the Diamond League track competitions.

Farah holds national track records in the 1500m, 3000m, two-mile, 5000m and 10,000m, and British road records in the 5K, 10K, 20K, half marathon and marathon. In 2017, Farah was named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2018 will re-introduce pacers ” “rabbits” ” into the elite competition after breaking from the tradition for the past few years.

“The championship style of racing that spectators enjoy will continue as the race enters its final miles,” Pinkowski said. “The epic 2010 duel between the late Wanjiru and Tsegaye Kebede – arguably one of the greatest finishes in marathon history – underscores the importance of the tactics that still exist and flourish in paced races.”

Pinkowski and event organizers decided to transition back to pacers to leverage the speed of the course, to work towards setting up ideal conditions for the top tier elite athletes confirmed so far, and to respond to feedback received from runners.

“We listened to the athletes and they want to come to Chicago because of our tradition of fast times and our legacy as a world record course,” continued Pinkowski. “If athletes want to run in races without pacers, there are several opportunities for them to do so.”


First Edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon to take place on March 10 in China

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® will host it’s first 2018 event in China with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon taking place on March 10 in Luoping, Yunnan province. Registration remains open for the new event which consists of a half marathon, a 12 km happy run and a 5 km family run.

“Luoping is truly a unique destination for a Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon race and is sure to give runners an unforgettable experience,” said Stacey Campbell, Vice President of Global Events. “We are delighted to kick off the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon China Series with this brand-new event as we continue the expansion of our events globally.”

Luoping, located in southwestern China Yunnan province, is known as the Eastern Garden for the sea of splendid canola flowers that bloom each spring. The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon will coincide with the 20th Luoping International Canola Flower Cultural Tourism Festival. Runners will run in the field of canola blossoms which cover more than 530 square kilometers.

Heaven Band and Mayuan Poet will headline the music portion of the event, bringing fun to the run along with additional bands and DJs performing at the main stage and at music stations along the course.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon will also provide special finisher medals for participants which combine local culture and Rock ‘n’ Roll elements into the unique design. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn entries into Abbott World Marathon Majors events including the 2018 Chicago Marathon, 2018 Berlin Marathon, 2018 London Marathon and 2018 Boston Marathon.

General registration for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon is still open and can be accessed at RunRocknRoll.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to Luoping@RunRocknRoll.com.

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, please visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter. Media may contact Press@RunRocknRoll.com.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners 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.

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 and Toyota Concert Series Headliner featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels.

Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.