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 on Broadway and continues along many of Nashville's sights including Music Row, Bicentennial Mall 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 3,230 men 2,589 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. A 5k has been added to the race options as well as wheelchair versions of Marathon, Half-marathon and 5k races. 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.

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
15th 2014  Scott Wietecha (USA) 2:25:51  Jeanette Faber (USA) 2:47:32
16th 2015  Scott Wietecha (USA) 2:23:33  Melanie Kulesz (USA) 3:04:34


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