Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon

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Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon
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LocationNashville, Tennessee
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, half marathon, and 5K
Primary sponsorSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Course recordsMen: 2:12:55 (2000)
Luke Kibet
Women: 2:28:06 (2003)
Irina Bogachova
Official siteOfficial website
Runners in 2016

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. It is organized as a part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series.

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, the Belmont Mansion, the Tennessee State Capitol, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, First Tennessee Park, the Cumberland River, and Shelby Park, before ending outside Nissan Stadium.[1]

The marathon was first held in April 2000 when 3,230 men and 2,589 women completed the event. As the event grew in popularity, 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 the 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.

Past winners[edit]

Key:      (Course record) Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2000  Luke Kibet (KEN) 2:12:55Course record  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 Bogacheva (KGZ) 2:28:06Course record
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
18th 2017  Scott Wietecha (USA) 2:40:25  Lauren Mitchell (USA) 3:17:32
19th 2018  Scott Wietecha (USA) 2:28:16  Stella Chrisoforou (USA) 2:53:44
20th 2019  Scott Wietecha (USA) 2:21:41  Anna Bailey (USA) 2:51:49


  1. ^ "The Course". Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
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