SEATTLE (December 9, 2009) – Seattle Southside Visitor Services (www.seattlesouthside.com), the official tourism department for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, announces the second annual Tukwila to Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon taking place on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Featuring live music at each mile post, the marathon is known for keeping runners rocking all the way to the finish line.

Last year’s inaugural Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon saw 25,000 marathon and half marathon runners, an estimated 100,000 spectators and generated approximately $25 million in economic impact for the region. Going the distance from Tukwila to Seattle, the course encompasses some of the most scenic areas of Seattle. Participants converge at the start on Interurban Avenue in Tukwila, race along the shores of Lake Washington, continue onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct with views of Elliot Bay, pass by the Space Needle and finish outside Qwest Field in downtown Seattle.

“It is exciting to bring back this world-class event to Tukwila and Seattle for the second year,” said Katherine Kertzman, director of Seattle Southside Visitor Services. “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon offers something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, first time racer or a music-loving spectator – this event is not to be missed. SSVS will have a few staff members participating in the full or half marathon. For those who would like to run with us, now is the perfect time to commit to taking the Tukwila to Seattle challenge and begin training to participate.”

Seattle Southside offers a variety of training and fitness facilities including Bally Total Fitness, Eagle Fitness Kent, LA Fitness – Tukwila, LA Fitness – Kent , South Sound Athletic, 24 Hour Fitness, Rachel’s Body Shop, Snap Fitness, Vision Quest Sport & Fitness and YMCA.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series offers marathons that meld the excitement of a rock concert into an endurance event. Recognized throughout the running industry for its professionally organized events, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons are held in a variety of U.S. cities including Dallas, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Virginia Beach.

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About Seattle Southside Visitor Services

Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) is the leading tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program offered jointly by the Cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com.