Country Music Marathon
Music City takes to the streets in aid of charity each year when thousands of runners descend on the city to run the Country Music Marathon (or a half marathon), vying for trophies and prizes. All proceeds of the race, aside from the costs of putting on the event, go to charity. The race is part of the Rock 'n Roll Marathon series, and as such is well-organized and smoothly run. The runners are encouraged by the strains of more than 50 bands belting out their best from about two dozen stages set up along the marathon route. The courses for both the marathon and half marathon are not too difficult, and the weather in april in Tennessee is generally perfect for running - neither too hot nor too cold. The day also includes the spectacle of a cheerleading contest and the final of a Kid's Marathon. It all ends up with a massive evening concert featuring a top country music star, with free entry for runners.
Venue: The marathon begins near Centennial Park in West End Avenue, continues through downtown and finishes at the Coliseum
Date: 27 April 2013