Tennessee > Country Music Marathon, Half Marathon & Mini Marathon
Nashville, TN • Saturday, April 26, 2014 • Course Map • Series Calendar
Runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors start their race at one of Nashville's most scenic and visitor-friendly spots at the annual springtime Country Music Marathon, Half Marathon & Mini Marathon presented by Nissan, which starts along West End Avenue between Centennial Park and the nearby campus of Vanderbilt University -- and is now part of the Rock & Roll Marathon series.
From there, the point-to-point race course unfolds along a hilly and sometimes challenging route, with plenty of rolling hills throughout both the full and the half marathon courses, and ends on the other side of the Cumberland River that cuts through the city, on the grounds of the Nashville Stadium and LP Field, the home field of the National Football League's Tennessee Titans.
Along the 13.1 miles of the half marathon route, participants will encounter much of what makes the city a destination for country music lovers around the world -- in recent years, the first mile of the race along Broadway has featured live music for the entire length of the mile. Runners stay on Broadway for another mile until they make it almost all the way to the banks of the river, where they make a right turn and pass by the legendary Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The next few miles -- which take runners south toward the campus of Belmont University along Demonbreun Street, 17th Avenue and Belmont Boulevard -- feature the longest uphill stretch of the half marathon, a gradual climb that peaks just as runners are passing the Belmont Mansion. That's followed by a downhill stretch over the next couple of miles and then an equally gradual downhill descent as runners head north back toward downtown at the start of the second half of the 13.1-mile route.
The rest of the race will also have live music and entertainment, thanks to what organizers say will be hundreds of cheerleaders from area high schools stationed along the route, as well as 50 bands blasting all kinds of music out for the runners -- including country, rock, blues, jazz and more -- as they pass by one of more than two dozen stages along the course.
The final couple of miles bring runners past the Tennessee State Capitol building and Bicentennial State Park before they head over the bridge at Woodland Street, to the finish line at LP Field.
Weather & Climate
Located near the center of the northern part of the state, along the banks of Tennessee's stretch of the Cumberland River, the city of Nashville typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather in the mid-spring season, with occasional showers.
||Day of Race
||Rain: 3.93 in.
||Snow: 0.1 in.
See the race route map for the Country Music Half Marathon
$100 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2013
$105 between January 1 - 31, 2014
$115 between February 1 - 28
$120 between March 1 - 31
$125 between April 1 - 20
$150 at the race expo, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the spring 2014 running of Nashville's Country Music Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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