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Smash Mouth to Headline Concert at Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon



Raleigh, NC - January 13, 2015 - Multi-platinum rock band Smash Mouth will take to the outdoor stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater on Sunday, April 12 for the post race concert at the 2015 Rock ‘n' Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation. The band's performance caps a day that begins with the musical marathon and half-marathon road races. Featuring a new and improved marathon route in the event's second year, the course starts and finishes in downtown Raleigh.

Since bursting onto the scene in the late 1990's with the hit single "Walkin' on the Sun", Smash Mouth has collectively sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. The band is known for its retro style spanning several decades of popular music and their eclectic cover of The Monkees classic "I'm a Believer," which was prominently featured on the Shrek movie soundtrack. All three co-founding band members - Steve Harwell, Greg Camp, and Paul DeLisle - are no strangers to the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon series having performed as the headliner for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon in 2009.

"We were hoping to find an upbeat group that would keep the good times going while our participants celebrated their achievements, and Smash Mouth fit the ticket perfectly," said Alex Bennett, VP and Event Director. "With live bands performing at every-mile along the route, the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon experience makes running fun. Having long since established itself as the ultimate party-band, the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is indeed - at its core - about having fun."

The 2015 Rock ‘n' Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon will once again start on South Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh. Participants will experience sights like the Governor's Mansion, Rose Garden, and Historic Oakwood neighborhood. The route runs through Meredith College and North Carolina State, before finishing in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street near the Red Hat Amphitheater, where runners can gather with friends and family for the Finish Line Festival concert.

The race benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide and Team V efforts raised more than $300,000 at the inaugural event in April. Runners can join the cause by running for Team V at

Marathon weekend begins with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center where all participants go to pick up their race number. The expo will feature dozens of running and fitness retailers, exhibits with free nutritional samples and a series of interactive clinics with running experts and pro athletes.

All race participants receive free admission to the Smash Mouth concert held at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. For more information about Rock ‘n' Roll Raleigh or to register for the race, please visit

About Rock ‘n' Roll Raleigh
The second Rock ‘n' Roll Raleigh Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation will take place on the weekend of April 10-12, 2015. Open to runners and walkers from novice to professional, live bands and local high school cheerleaders entertain and cheer on participants at every mile along the scenic course. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race week at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. All participants must visit the expo to pick up their race numbers and browse numerous vendors from the running and fitness industry. Race weekend concludes with a finish line festival and post-race concert headlined by multi-platinum rock band Smash Mouth at the Red Hat Amphitheater. To register for the race or for more information about Rock ‘n' Roll Raleigh, visit or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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