Organizers Prepare For 15th Country Music Marathon

Organizers Prepare For 15th Country Music Marathon

CREATED Apr 23, 2014
by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The work has started on making the annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon bigger and more exciting. For the 15th year, the marathon is looking to make a big impact on Nashville.

"I have a lot of friends that run marathons and they've said it's something I should do," said runner Joel Anderson.

He moved to Music City six months ago and said it's hard not want to get in on the excitement, but there is that one thing holding him back.

"I am still on the fence; I run half marathons, I haven't quite built up enough endurance for that full one, but I will definitely be out this year supporting it," he said.

This year, expect a few changes, starting at the beginning of the race.

For the first time, the start line is moving downtown to 5th and Broadway.

"So as a runner, just be mindful that there are some changes in the first mile. We've kept the bones of the course the same because this community is so supportive out in Belmont, 12 South, East Nashville and Germantown, that we still wanted to be able to highlight all Nashville has to offer," said Malain McCormick with the St. Jude Country Music Marathon.

Another change includes the route in Metro Center was shortened

Nearly 30,000 runners are expected to fill the streets of downtown Nashville and surrounding communities, with hundreds to thousands of spectators lining the course.

Security is also a big focus as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is still fresh on people's minds.

All runners will only be allowed to use a clear bag provided during registration, when checking their bag the day of the marathon.

"As runners and spectators just be mindful of your surroundings and if you do see something, please say something to your nearest officer," she said.

Whether it's the full, half or even the 5K, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon is sure to deliver an exciting day of pounding the pavement.

The marathon is Saturday, April 26, but that does not conclude the Marathon Weekend.

From 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at LP Field will be the Kids Rock Event where 6,000 junior marathoners will complete their portion of their cumulative marathon. Also, the YMCA will host their Healthy Kids Day event open to the public.

For more information, you can visit the marathon’s website by clicking here.

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