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21,000 runners get ready to rock 'n' roll in St. Louis

Oct 21, 2011

More than 21,000 runners and walkers will wind their way through St. Louis city streets this Sunday as part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and half-marathon.

The race is unique because it will feature 26 live bands and 18 local cheerleading squads performing along the course. The band Sugar Ray will headline a concert at the finish line. Margie Martin, the event’s manager, says they were surprised by how many people signed up to participate in this, the first Rock-n-Roll Marathon here. 

"We anticipated actually that we would probably have closer to 14 or 15,000 runners and we had a fantastic response so we just grew it as much as we could. In the inaugural year we wanted to hold it a little bit so just to make sure that we had a perfect run and the course was perfect and we didn’t crowd the streets too much," Martin said.

The marathon is sponsored by Solutia and is expected to raise $1.2 million for TASK, Team Activities for Special Kids.

It begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on Market Street downtown. For a video tour of the course, click here.