Country Music Marathon

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Country Music Marathon
Date April
Location Nashville, TN
Event type Road
Distance Marathon and half marathon
Established 2000
Official site [1]

The Country Music Marathon is located in Nashville, TN. The route begins in Centennial Park and continues along many of Nashville's sights including music row, Belmont University, the State Capitol Building, the Cumberland River, Shelby Park, Shelby Bottoms Greenway, and ends outside LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. Many bands and high school cheerleaders entertain runners and walkers and friends, families, and neighbors join in cheering everyone on. The marathon is followed by an evening concert which has previously featured Sara Evans, Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina, Brad Paisley, and Lee Roy Parnell among others.

The marathon was first held in April, 2000 when 3230 men 2589 women completed the event. As popularity for the event grew, a half-marathon was added in 2002. This was soon followed by the addition of a kids marathon. The number of participants in the 2008 event exceeded 30,000 total entrants.

Unlike some of Nashville's other marathons, e.g. Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon, and Greenway Marathon, the Country Music Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.

In April 2008, Team Hooprama hula hooped the Music City Half-Marathon (21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi)) to raise awareness for Hooping for Hope.[1]

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2000  Luke Kibet (KEN) 2:12:55  Lucia Subano (KEN) 2:37:02
2nd 2001  Christopher Cheboibich (KEN) 2:13:27  Aurica Buia (ROM) 2:34:40
3rd 2002  Jackson Chebet (KEN) 2:18:59  Aurica Buia (ROM) 2:35:58
4th 2003  Jomo Kororia (KEN) 2:12:56  Irina Bogachova (KGZ) 2:28:06
5th 2004  Luke Kibet (KEN) 2:14:11  Anuta Catuna (ROM) 2:33:36
6th 2005  Nephat Kinyanjui (KEN) 2:15:38  Irina Safarova (RUS) 2:33:53
7th 2006  Feyisa Tusse (ETH) 2:15:06  Tatyana Mironova (RUS) 2:36:51
8th 2007  Simon Wangai (KEN) 2:13:52  Olena Shurkhno (UKR) 2:37:52
9th 2008  Sylvester Chebii (KEN) 2:14:27  Svetlana Ponomarenko (RUS) 2:30:33
10th 2009  Amos Matui (KEN) 2:13:41  Tatyana Pushkareva (RUS) 2:36:44
11th 2010  William Najanjo (COL) 2:15:38  Ilsa Paulson (USA) 2:33:39
12th 2011  David Kellum (KEN) 2:17:40  Ruby Milena Riativa (COL) 2:49:59
13th 2012  Ryan James (USA) 2:32:47  Erin Sutton (USA) 2:54:16
14th 2013  Scott Wietecha (USA) 2:22:41  Jill Horst (USA) 2:57:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Bonna. 2008-03-20. "Team creates hoopla about half-marathon", The Tennessean. Transcluded from www.hooprama.com . Retrieved 2008-07-08.
List of winners

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°09′55″N 86°46′24″W / 36.16528°N 86.77333°W / 36.16528; -86.77333