St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
April 30, 2016
Through the streets of Music City
On April 30, more than 30,000 runners, wheelchairs, and walkers will attempt the annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon through the streets of Music City lined with 28 stages as live bands perform the soundtrack of the day.
For two days prior to the race, April 28 & 29, the free Health & Fitness Expo will take over the Music City Center. The Expo is open to the public but it's also where marathoners pick up their race number, swag bag, and t-shirt. More than 90 exhibitors will be onsite offering free samples, showcasing running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information, and more. Check out the Expo details.
At 6:45am on Saturday, April 30, the first steps of the race are taken by participants in the 5K. And just 15 minutes later, at 7am, wheelchairs, runners, and walkers start the 26.2-mile Marathon and 13.1-mile 1/2 Marathon trek through Music City. Routes take participants from Lower Broadway to LP Field, through Nashville neighborhoods like 12South, Belmont, and Downtown, passing by landmarks such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, TN State Capitol, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Bicentennial Mall, Shelby Park, and more. All along the way, cheer squads line the streets to encourage racers. And to keep up the pace, live bands play on stages throughout the course, sending out music of every beat, from jazz and blues, to rock and country. Register to run the marathon.
All finishers get an Official Race T-Shirt, Goodie Bag, Finisher's Medal and ticket to the Post-Race Concert that night.
Participate in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and fundraise to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the St. Jude Heroes program. When you sign up for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon as a St. Jude Hero, you'll be taking an important step toward finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Through the generous support of people like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Fundraising is easy, and they give you everything you need to be successful. From a personal fundraising website to personal support from a fundraising coach, you are supported every step of the way. Additionally, you can earn awesome benefits like race entry, travel accommodations and an overall race weekend VIP experience based upon the fundraising level you choose. Get all the details on being a St. Jude Hero and register today.
Martina McBride played the 2015 Post-Race Concert at Bridgestone Arena. Stay tuned to see who will play the 2016 show! Concert admission is FREE with your race bib and $35 for your family and friends. Additional tickets may be purchased in the online store and will be available for pick up at the Concert Tickets booth at the Health & Fitness Expo.
That's not all! Kids want to run, too. The KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee is a non-timed, non-competitive event for children in grades K-7, so they can get involved with the marathon excitement and run with kids their own size. Get more information on KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
Want to be a part of the festivities, but not up to running? They have nearly 1,800 positions available for set-up, check-in, greeters, refreshments, medals, shuttle pick-up, water stations, timers, medical personnel, and more. Volunteer for the event.
Visit runrocknroll.competitor.com/nashville for more information on the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon in Nashville, TN.