The raucous Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon announced that Jamaican pop-rapper Sean Kingston will headline the free concert in North Shore Park that marks the race's end on Feb. 10.
Born Kisean Anderson in Miami, he moved to Kingston, Jamaica, when he was 6 and was later discovered as a teenager and signed to Sony. His 2007 hit Beautiful Girls was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks before going double platinum. His third-full length album Back 2 Life, fuses reggae, hip-hop, R&B, and electro to create melody-soaked pop.
The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon is known for putting local bands every mile along the 13.1-mile route, as well as cheerleaders and themed water stations. It begins at Tropicana Field and ends with the free concert in North Shore Park about 3 hours after the 7:30 a.m. start of the race.
Registration costs $110 through Feb. 3, when it will go up to $150 at runrocknroll.competitor.com/st-petersburg.
This is the second year for this popular race in St. Petersburg. Although its inaugural race had only about half the runners that race promoters and city boosters had predicted, an economic impact study estimated the 7,021 competitors brought $7.8 million into the area.
Last year's headliner, Flo Rida, gave a high-energy performance, delivering No. 1 hit after No. 1 hit and worked up a marathon-quality sweat, despite the chilly temperature that day.
Kingston was in a life-threatening Jet Ski accident after he collided with Florida's Palm Island Bridge in May 2011. He sustained a broken jaw, fractured wrist, and other injuries. He was also forced to undergo open heart surgery. Now fully recovered, his new album Back 2 Life, features the single Rum and Raybans with Cher Lloyd. The album also features appearances from Nicki Minaj, T.I., Wiz Khalifa and Busta Rhymes, among others.