Monday, June 18, 2012

Can You Name Rock 'n' Roll Chicago's Headliner?

I think I'll run 13.1 miles before a concert. Credit: NVitkus
You've heard them on the radio. You've probably worked out to their hits like "Good Girls Go Bad" and "You Make Me Feel." You might even use their fast-paced dance beats to power you through a run. They're Cobra Starship, the Billboard Music chart-toppers who've taken their dance-pop sound on tour with Maroon 5 and Fall Out Boy. And now they'll be headlining the finish line concert at the Xsport Fitness Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, July 22. 

If you've run a Rock 'n' Roll race, whether it's a half marathon in Virginia Beach or a full marathon in San Diego, you know that the event wouldn't be complete without the finish line concert. In fact, it's part of the draw--even when you're like me and my friends who slept through the Virginia Beach concert thanks to an early morning, a hotel room off the boardwalk and two half marathoners who could barely walk with leg (me) and back (my friend) issues.

I might not remember who performed at that race, but Rock 'n' Roll headliners lately have included Bret Michaels, Cheap Trick, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Sugar Ray and Switchfoot. I might be too lazy--and cheap--to hunt down tickets to see their concert performances (I'm the one who thinks about attending practically the day before they're in town), but count me in when all I have to do is stick around the finish line to watch them live, and I've heard their songs on the radio.

A marathon, a half marathon, a mini marathon that's capped off with a concert by a Billboard chart-topper? Yes, please! And even better that registration is still open for the longer (13.1) and shorter (roughly 3 miles) distances.

Photo grabbed from NVitkus at flickr.

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