ABC’S “NASHVILLE” Charles Esten along with Clare Bowen to Headline St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon Presented by Nissan
Rising Star Chase Rice Confirmed to Open
• 2014 Marathon to Celebrate 15 years in Nashville on Sat. April 26
• New Downtown Start Line and Course
• Online Registration Until April 20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –March, 2014 – On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the 15th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan, continues the strong tradition of great country music combined with the premier running event in Tennessee as Television actors Charles “Chip” Esten and Clare Bowen, who play Deacon Claybourn and Scarlett O'Connor on ABC’s hit television show “Nashville” will take the stage for the post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena at 7:00 p.m. Rising star, Chase Rice, will open the show.
The musically themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers and 6,000 junior racers through KiDS ROCK Nashville, who will take on the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands along the route.
The concert is open to the public and tickets are now on sale for $35.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, TicketMaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
“The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan continues as a marquee event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series,” said Malain McCormick, Event Director. “We are thrilled that Chip, Clare and Chase will perform at this year’s post-race concert and are proud that so many participants return year after year to experience the event and everything Nashville has to offer.”
During the marathon, thousands of St. Jude Heroes will run for a reason, hoping to raise more than $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“The St. Jude Country Music Marathon uniquely unites the country music industry, fitness enthusiasts and St. Jude Heroes who, together, are bringing children one step closer to victory in their fight against cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. “The funds raised from this event and our St. Jude Heroes help ensure no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food so that all they should worry about is helping their child live.”
Adding to the excitement of the event, race organizers have compiled a brand new start line, amidst Lower Broadway's honky tonks in downtown Nashville, and course is being planned for the over 30,000 runners that are expected take to the streets for the monumental milestone.
The changes will continue to highlight the key elements of Nashville and will be less taxing on city agencies while improving the participant and spectator experience. Spectators will now be able to walk between the start and finish lines.
The St. Jude Country Music Marathon weekend kicks off Thursday, April 24 with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the new Nashville Music City Center. All race participants will visit the expo to pick up their race numbers and browse over 100 exhibitors featuring free samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as a series of interactive clinics.
Fifty of Nashville’s favorite live bands will perform along the course, interspaced with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Race weekend includes a post race headliner concert at the Bridgestone Arena Saturday night where participants and volunteers receive free admission. The event concludes on Sunday afternoon with KiDS ROCK Nashville, where more than 6,000 junior racers from grades K-7 will complete the final mile of their modified marathon.
For more information or to register for the event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Nashville and follow the marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll with the hashtag #runCMM.
About Charles “Chip” Esten
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles “Chip” Esten was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended T.C. Williams High School (made famous in the film “Remember the Titans.”) He then attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, where he graduated with a degree in economics and met his eventual wife, Patty. While in Williamsburg, he was lead singer/songwriter in a popular local band.
Esten’s many additional television credits include recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Enlightened,” “The Office” and “ER.” Besides being the father on Disney Channel’s “Jessie,” he has been a Klingon on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a secretary on “Murphy Brown” and Kelly Bundy’s fiance on the series finale of “Married with Children.” His film credits include “Swing Vote,” “Thirteen Days,” “61*” and “The Postman.”
While on "Nashville”, Esten has been honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman auditorium. He was also honored to officially "flip the switch" at the 2013 Graceland Christmas Lighting ceremony. Many of the songs he has performed as Deacon (Undermine, Sideshow, Playin' Tricks, etc..) are available on the three very successful "Nashville" soundtracks that have been released to date.
About Clare Bowen
Clare Bowen currently stars as Scarlett O’Connor on ABC’s musical drama television series “Nashville”. Created by Callie Khouri and also starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, the series premiered in October 2012 to critical acclaim and was nominated in both 2013 and 2014 for “Favorite New TV Drama” at the People’s Choice Awards. Season two premiered on September 25, 2013.
Comprised of originals and covers performed by Bowen and her co-stars, the debut album The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1 rose to #1 in the Country Album category and #12 in the All Genre Album category on iTunes within hours of its release by Big Machine Records on December 11, 2012. Big Machine has continued the momentum with the release of both The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2 on May 7, 2013 and The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1 on December 10, 2013.A native Australian, Bowen has appeared in several of her home country’s iconic television dramas, including “Home and Away”, “All Saints”, “The Cut”, and “Chandon Pictures”. She also appeared in the Australian film The Combination.
Bowen resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is currently collaborating with T-Bone Burnett on her debut solo album. Burnett served as the Executive Music Producer on Season 1 of “Nashville”.
About Chase Rice
Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, country music artist Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice first made waves as a co-writer on Florida George Line’s massive 2012 crossover hit “Cruise,” and his star continues to rise with the chart-topping success of his new EP Ready Set Roll and single of the same name. Released on Rice’s own Dack Janiel’s label in partnership with T8 Records, Ready Set Roll has already sold more than 50,000 units to date. Strong play on Siriux/XM has driven singles sales to more than 200,000 and counting. For more information, please visit www.chaserice.com.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
About the St. Jude Country Music Marathon
A Competitor event, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan will celebrate its 15th running in the Music City on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed road race annually attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers and junior racers.
Race weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 24 and includes the KiDS ROCK Nashville and a post-race concert Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena. The Music City Center is home to the free Health & Fitness Expo which is open to the public as all race participants pick up their race number, browse through fitness related products, enjoy free samples and interactive clinics. For more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Nashville or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.