Country Music Marathon
|Country Music Marathon|
|Distance||Marathon and half marathon|
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, Greenway Marathon, and Nashville Marathon, the Country Music Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
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|
- 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
- Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - Nashville, Tennessee Past Race Results. Active. Retrieved on 2011-10-07.
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