Rapper Flo Rida will be the headliner at the Rock 'n' Roll St. Pete Half Marathon, race officials announced Wednesday. It's not a very rock 'n' roll choice for the Feb. 12 race, but his international smash Good Feeling just toppled Coldplay as No. 1 on the UK charts and is No. 5 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States.
A Florida native born Tramar Dillard, he roared onto the music scene in 2008 with his monster hit Low, a worldwide hit. His followup Right Round holds the record for the fastest-selling digital single ever.
His new single, Good Feeling, which samples Etta James' 1962 song Something's Got a Hold on Me, has reached the top 5 in nine different countries.
This marks the debut in St. Petersburg of the hugely popular Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon series. Billed as a weekend boost for the local economy, the city of St. Petersburg was criticized by local charity race organizers for giving $130,000 in subsidies for the race. The for-profit Rock 'n' Roll races usually attract 13,000 to 20,000 runners, many from out of the area.
The race is known for putting local bands every mile along the 13.1-mile route, as well as cheerleaders and themed water stations. It ends with the free concert in North Shore Park.
The concert time hasn't been finalized, but the headliners tend to go on about three hours after the 7:30 a.m. start of the race. The show is free and open to all participants, family and spectators at the finish line.