Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon
|Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon|
|Distance||Marathon, half marathon, and 5K|
|Primary sponsor||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
|Course records||Men: 2:12:55 (2000)
Women: 2:28:06 (2003)
|Official site||Official website|
The Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon, previously known as the Country Music Marathon (2000–2015), is an annual marathon, half marathon, and 5K run that has been held in Nashville, Tennessee since 2000. The route begins on Broadway and continues along many of Nashville's sights, including Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Symphony, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Union Station, Music Row, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Belmont Mansion, the Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, First Tennessee Park, the Cumberland River, and Shelby Park, before ending outside Nissan Stadium.
The marathon was first held in April 2000 when 3,230 men and 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 run was 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 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
Band stages featuring live musical entertainment are located along the course. Many bands and high school cheerleaders entertain runners and walkers, and friends, families, and neighbors join in cheering on participants. 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.
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 Cheboiboch (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||Anuța Cătună (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 Tirop 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)||2:57:51|
|15th||2014||Scott Wietecha (USA)||2:25:51||Jeannette Faber (USA)||2:47:32|
|16th||2015||Scott Wietecha (USA)||2:23:33||Melanie Kulesz (USA)||3:04:28|
|17th||2016||Scott Wietecha (USA)||2:25:42||Melanie Kulesz (USA)||2:59:09|
- "The Course". Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
- List of winners
- "Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - Nashville, Tennessee Past Race Results (2000–2011)". Active Results. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
- "Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon - Nashville, Tennessee Past Race Results (2011–present)". Active Results. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
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