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Roller Coaster Race
218 West Water Street, Suite 400
Charlottesville, VA   22902

Half marathon plus Roller Coaster Ride(SM)

Branson, MO – September 25, 2014 – Roller Coaster Race has partnered with Silver Dollar City and the city of Branson for a half marathon, 5K, kids mile and Roller Coaster Ride(SM) taking place at both the theme park and Branson Landing on October 11-12, 2014.

This exciting partnership aims to encourage fitness and entertainment for the whole family by holding professional, USATF-sanctioned running events for all skills and ages in conjunction with the completely unique roller coaster event, Roller Coaster Ride(SM).

Starting Saturday, Oct. 11th, the Roller Coaster Ride(SM) will be held for roller coaster enthusiasts and non-runners. During this exclusive experience, participants ride a total distance of 5K on roller coasters to win a medal. Coaster rides will be tracked throughout the day on Silver Dollar City’s six coasters during normal operating hours.

Also on Saturday, the family-oriented 5K run/walk starts at 7AM and is available for runners and walkers of all ages. The kids’ mile starts at 8AM for kids up to age 12. A pasta dinner party will take place in the park that evening at 6:30PM with Eric Johnson of UltraMax Sports Springfield as guest speaker.

On Sunday, Oct. 12th, the Roller Coaster Race half marathon will run through the streets of Branson, starting and finishing at bustling Branson Landing.

Participants can register for one, two or all events.

The Roller Coaster Race is fundraising for the following charities: the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA, The Caring People, and the SYTA Running for Youth program. In addition to being able to fundraise for those organizations, people can donate to the charities during event registration.

Adam Slate, Roller Coaster Race Director, says of the event, “Silver Dollar City is one of the friendliest and most unique theme parks in America, and the City of Branson has a vast range of activities from theaters to museums to ziplines to parks and hiking trails. Families are going to have trouble fitting everything into one weekend!”

“We have a variety of coasters for adventure-seeking participants, including the groundbreaking wood coaster Outlaw Run, named the Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide,” said Nick Guevel, Director of Marketing for Silver Dollar City. “Coaster riders can experience Outlaw Run plus the launch coaster PowderKeg, the looping steel coaster WildFire and more, all to benefit kids and families.”

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About Roller Coaster Race
Roller Coaster Race is a new national endurance running series partnering with theme and amusement parks across the country to create family destination travel events that encourage fitness and entertainment. The series will be holding three events in 2014 and adding several more in 2015.

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About Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City has more than 30 fun-filled rides that offer something exciting for each member of the family, from speeding steel coasters to wild water rides. Test your grit aboard great thrill rides such as Outlaw Run® – the World’s Most Daring Wood Coaster – Voted Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide! WildFire®, PowderKeg® and The GIANT Barn Swing will also excite the daredevils in your family! Plenty more pulse-quickening Branson attractions can be found within the park.

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About Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson is a personal trainer and current General Manager for Ultramax Sports. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), has served as a board member for the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners, and co-founded the Ozarks Multisport Club. He’s has competed in nearly every type of endurance race, from 5Ks to adventure races to ironman triathlons. Eric is also an International Foot and Gait Education Council Certified Shoe Fitter and Bike Fit Systems Level I Certified Bike Fitter.

Press Contact

Adam Slate
Director, Roller Coaster Race
218 West Water Street, Suite 400
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
[email protected]
(434) 951-8572

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