Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon Celebrates 10th Anniversary and State Championships Designation

The race, founded by non-profit Rock CF, will bring the community together in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, on March 29

Online PR News – 26-February-2020 – GROSSE ILE, Mich. – The Rock CF Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and empowering people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease, is hosting their 10th annual half marathon race. The race will take place on Grosse Ile, an island south of Detroit, on March 29 at 8 a.m. The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), a prominent national running organization, has selected the half marathon to be the host of the 2020 Michigan State Championships. A 5k, two-person relay and 10-mile race will take place alongside the half marathon, accommodating both competitive and casual runners.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the race will honor over 50 returning runners and volunteers. They will receive a special race bib and commemorative item, a thank you for participating in all 10 years of the race. Members of the RRCA will be on-site to award top performing runners as part of the state championships.

The race is very personal for founder, Emily Schaller, owner of the non-profit Rock CF. Not only is she an avid runner, but she’s also living with Cystic Fibrosis. Through the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon, Schaller gets to combine both passions, educating others on the health benefits of running and CF.

“People come into this event with the mentality that this is just another race, and they leave with an entirely different outlook,” said Schaller. “Little by little we’re building an army behind us. Once they learn about CF through the race, they want to support the cause and community going forward.”

What started as a small event in 2011, has since blossomed into a distinguished race, drawing roughly 2,400 runners of all skill levels from across the U.S., and Canada. The event is focused on the community, incorporating talent and goods that are locally made.

This year’s race is expected to raise around $150,000, thanks to the support of the event’s sponsors, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals, The Boomer Esiason Foundation and HomeMed. The proceeds will go towards Rock CF’s various programs, which give people with Cystic Fibrosis the tools to thrive.

“Every year I get to stand at the finish line and see people that have been running our race for years progress, it feels like Christmas for me,” said Schaller. “They’re the pulse that keeps this race going year after year. I’m very grateful to have such loyal supporters and sponsors.”

Participants can register up until the morning of the race, while virtual runners must register by March 15. All participants will receive a locally made medal and 10th anniversary t-shirt. To learn more about the race or register, please visit:

About Rock CF
The Rock CF Foundation is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation. Founded and led by Emily Schaller, The Rock CF Foundation is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis. With the help of a core group of volunteers, the foundation utilizes the arts, entertainment, fashion and fitness to support research initiatives and heighten public awareness in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon is Rock CF’s biggest annual event.

Contact: Emily Schaller, Race Director