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The 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5k is Here!

Paramount Public Relations is gearing up for the 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K this Sunday, September 8, 2013!

Runners participating in both the half-marathon and 5K will enjoy a beautiful course along scenic Lake Shore Drive with great views of the Chicago skyline, starting and finishing in Jackson Park. The post-race party in Jackson Park will feature free Michelob ULTRA beer (ID required), free pizza courtesy of Team World Vision and live music.

This week Paramount PR had the chance to meet two participants, Molly Melin and Ben Keaty, and hear their personal stories on why they are running this year. This will be Molly’s second half-marathon since being diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, a slow developing and incurable blood cancer. Nine-year-old Ben Keaty is running the 5K in honor of his late best friend and neighbor Carter Kettner, who died from pediatric brain cancer.

Hear more about their stories here:

Registration is still available at the Health & Fitness Expo at Navy Pier today and tomorrow. If you have are already signed up, head to the Health & Fitness Expo for race gear, games, giveaways, goodie bags and much more!

PPR wishes all runners the best of luck! See you at the finish line 🙂

1,000+ Runners Vote for 2009 Chicago Runners’ Playlist – From Black Eyed Peas to Bruce Springsteen the Results are in!

Paramount PR client the 13th Annual Chicago Half Marathon (taking place this Sunday, September 13) polled over 1,000 runners to see what they like to get down to while they run and the results are in! The 2009 Chicago Runners’ Playlist shows that Chicagoans are totally crazy over the Black Eyed Peas but still love to jam to the classics like the Rolling Stones.

The Top 13 (one for each mile of the Chicago Half Marathon) Chicago Runners’ Playlist is:

1. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)

2. Let’s Get It Started (Black Eyed Peas)

3. I Got a Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

4. Boom Boom Pow (Black Eyes Peas)

5. Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme Song)

6. Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)

7. Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones)

8. Let It Rock (Kevin Rudolf)

9. Thunderstruck (AC/DC)

10. Poker Face (Lady Gaga)

11. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

12. Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

13. Move Along (All American Rejects)

The playlist is officially available for sale on iTunes here,