Tennessee’s Largest Running Event to Start on Broadway in downtown Nashville; New courses for the marathon and half-marathon to be unveiled in January; 2014 marathon to celebrate 15 years in Nashville; Registration price increase on Dec. 31
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – December 23, 2013 – For the past 14 years the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan has started on West End Avenue adjacent to Centennial Park. When runners and walkers take to the streets for the 15th annual event in April, they will do so from a brand new starting line amidst Lower Broadway’s honky tonks in downtown Nashville.
“No doubt this is the most significant change ever made in the history of the event and we believe changing the start location to downtown will be a positive one for both runners and the local community, truly showcasing Music City,” said Malain McCormick, Event Director. “Nothing says Nashville like the neon lights and live music along Lower Broadway. Runners staying downtown will literally be able to roll out of bed and be at the start line. With the finish line just a short walk away at LP Field this will not only be one of the most convenient marathons for runners, but for the spectators and supporters as well.”
The new downtown start will be located on Broadway near Bridgestone Arena. Runners competing in the marathon, half-marathon or mini-marathon April 26 will cover different ground from start to finish than races in years past, with complete course maps to be unveiled in January. Runners can beat the end of the year price increase when they register before December 31, 2013.
The St. Jude Country Music Marathon weekend kicks off Thursday, April 26 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 5,000 junior racers from grades K-7 will complete the final mile of their modified marathon.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.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 26 and includes the ING 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.
Kim Dettwiller, 615-330-5656, firstname.lastname@example.org
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