There are many marathons that occur each year across the country, but one of the most notable events is the 2014 St. Jude Country Music Marathon scheduled for Saturday, April 26, in Nashville, Tennessee.
With over 30,000 athletes expected for the various events associated with the marathon weekend, according to E.J. Boyer of the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Country Music Marathon should invigorate the local economy and raise money for good causes.
Here is all the vital information every marathon fan needs for Saturday’s events.
Where: Nashville, Tenn.
Date: Saturday, April 26
Watch: Fox 17 Nashville (local coverage)
Live Stream: Fox 17 Nashville
|Event||Start Time (ET)|
|Mini-Marathon (5k)||6:45 a.m.|
|Wheelchair Marathon||7 a.m.|
|Half Marathon||7 a.m.|
|Full Marathon||7 a.m.|
*Course map via the Country Music Marathon's official website.
2014 Nashville Country Music Marathon Preview
After the overwhelming success of the 2014 Boston Marathon, the running community is looking to keep the good vibes flowing as athletes prepare for the 26.2-mile race through the streets of Nashville.
The unique event starts Saturday morning with a mini-marathon (5K), and is followed by the wheelchair, half marathon and full marathons. With the beautiful city of Nashville as the backdrop for the event, runners and spectators alike will be treated to a one-of-a-kind event.
While the race is all about peace and the human spirit, Country Music Marathon event vice president Malain McCormick told Jamey Tucker of ABC 6 Knoxville about the increased security at this year’s event:
We're monitoring any threat levels that might be in place but we're also putting in measures to make sure nothing happens whether it true or false. An increased presence is guaranteed. You'll see more security guards at the start and finish lines. We're also asking spectators and runners to just be aware of their surroundings [and] if they see something, say something.
Organizers will continue to do a great job preparing the course for the event, and runners are excited to get onto the streets to put up ideal times.
With Weather.com calling for isolated thunderstorms in Nashville on marathon day, though, the athletes from around the world competing will be doing their best rain dance to avoid any issues.
With 30,000 of the best runners taking to the historical streets of Nashville in the name of a good cause—the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the event—this year’s Country Music Marathon will be one of the best to date.