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All-American Rejects To Perform For The Nike+ Human Race in New York

Date: 
08/14/2008 - 10:40

August 14, 2008 from press release (NEW YORK NY) ­Nike announced The All-American Rejects will headline the Nike+ Human Race post-race concert at Randall's Island on Aug. 31, 2008. The Nike+ Human Race is the world's biggest one-day running event, bringing together the power of sport and music to inspire and connect runners from every corner of the planet.

New York's Nike+ Human Race starts at 6pm adjacent to the world-class Icahn Stadium, with runners heading northwest toward the East River waterfront and turning east and then south at the 1 mile point. Continuing south, runners will pass the great fields and ballparks of Randall's Island, before turning west and heading back toward the East River. Continuing north along the waterfront, the first course loop will be completed and runners will take on a second loop before finishing inside Icahn Stadium.

Participants in this unprecedented event will experience an exclusive music performance by some of today's top artists in each of the 25 designated race cities. In Los Angeles, nine-time Grammy Award winning artist Kanye West will headline the run's post race concert for the grand finale of the 25-city Nike+ Human Race. In London, runners will be treated to an exclusive performance by world-renowned American DJ, songwriter, musician and singer Moby in the city's famed Wembley Stadium.

Each city's race will start on the same day, with the first race kicking off in Taipei and the last ending in LA. Race courses take runners by famous landmarks such as the famed LA Coliseum, Taipei 101 (the world's tallest building), Mexico City's historic center and the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Istanbul's race course will span the city's famous Bosphorus Bridge, closing it to car traffic to literally allow participants to run from Europe to Asia and back again .

"We're way pumped to be a part of the Nike Human Race because it gives us a chance to look athletic even though we won't be running," said Tyson Ritter. "We have the most fit city behind us. We're not only going to dominate the race, but I'm also willing to bet that New York's going to be rocking harder than any other city on the Planet".

Beyond running and music, the Nike+ Human Race is also an opportunity to give back. Participants will be able to run for a worthy cause and support the three official Nike+ Human Race charitable partners: the Lance Armstrong Foundation ­ uniting people in the fight against cancer; WWF - the global conservation organization addressing the causes and impacts of climate change; and the UN refugee agency's nine million.org campaign ­ bringing sport and education to refugee youth. Together, Nike and runners will raise funds to donate at least USD $3 million to the Nike+ Human Race charities. Money will be raised via givebacks from registration fees, a percentage of Nike+ Human Race t-shirt sales and a donation of USD $1 million from Nike

"I'm hitting the stage in Los Angeles for the Nike+ Human Race, Nike's dopest 10k run ever," said West. "This race is bringing together hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to run and listen to some great music while serving a higher cause, and I'm excited to perform in L.A. as part of the grand finale."

West¹s performance will bring to a close, an unprecedented day of races and activities around the globe starting in Taipei, ending in LA and including cities across Europe, Asia and North and South America.

For more information on the Nike+ Human Race and a complete listing of race cities visit nikeplus.com.

About Nike+ Human Race
On 08.31.08, Nike hosts a run like no other before with the Nike+ Human Race - the World's Largest One Day Running Event. Nike¹s first global race will take place over the course of one day, with a goal of one million runners, across 25 cities and featuring 25 top musical acts. The 10k event celebrates runners and their sport, offering participants across the globe the chance to run and compete together in an unprecedented race experience. Spanning multiple continents, Nike+ Human Race cities will include LA, New York, London, Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Melbourne, Shanghai, São Paulo and Vancouver among others. Following races in each city, participants will be treated to an exclusive music concert featuring one of today¹s top artists. Participants will be able to run for a cause as a portion of funds raised will be donated to three Nike+ Human Race beneficiaries: WWF, the global conservation organization, Lance Armstrong Foundation and UN refugee agency's nine million.org campaign. The race will be open to anyone, anywhere. Runners outside of the 25 race day cities can join by logging into nikeplus.com. With the help of Nike+ and the Nike+ SportBand, every city and every road can become a race-day course. For more information, visit nikeplus.com.

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