WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Famous for its entertainment-lined courses, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series announced today that Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot will headline Washington DC's post-race show outside RFK Stadium. The California-native band is slated to perform for the 21,000 expected participants and their supporters after the SunTrust Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock 'n' Roll USA Half Marathon on March 17, 2012.
"We want the runners to be entertained from beginning to end and we're thrilled to cap off the day with such a great celebration and a major headliner whose songs will be familiar to many," Competitor Group Event Director Malain McCormick said.
While the band will be displaying its most recent album, Vice Verses, after the marathon, many of Switchfoot's most notable titles came from its 2003 album, The Beautiful Letdown. The group first gained prominence as a Christian rock band with hit tracks in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. After signing with Columbia Records, the band released its most popular album to-date, The Beautiful Letdown, which included songs such as "Dare you to Move" and "Meant to Live," and sold more than 2.6 million copies. In 2011, the album Hello Hurricane garnered the group its first Grammy for Best Christian Rock Gospel Album. The San Diego-native band will now join The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, which also got its start in San Diego, Calif. in 1998.
"We're looking forward to an unforgettable race day as we bring the Rock 'n' Roll experience to Washington DC," McCormick said.
As the only race run entirely within the Washington DC borders, the SunTrust Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon serves as the 26th installment of the international tour. The series is known for the live musicians and entertainment that lines the race-day course, and the same is expected for next month's marathon and half marathon that snake through historic Washington DC.