Nashville’s Country Music Marathon Gets New Name

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Nashville’s largest race is getting a format change. The event, which has been known as the Country Music Marathon since its inception, has been renamed the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.

The name change is meant to integrate the event into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series global brand, and will allow for a greater musical variety in the bands that perform along the course each year.

“Nashville grew from a foundation built on music, and while country music is a pivotal piece of that, it’s not the only genre that defines Music City,” Josh Furlow, President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, said. “The rock and roll genre roots itself in a spectrum of music styles including bluegrass, jazz, folk, soul and of course country. Our goal is to celebrate Nashville as a destination for live music and running by linking the historical race with the power of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon brand.”

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and 1/2 Marathon will take place on April 30, 2016, beginning on Broadway in downtown Nashville and finishing at Nissan Stadium.

A $55 registration fee is available now through Friday at


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