Be Prepared for Race Day Weather

Race Day Update Number 5//  4.30.16

Due to weather, the 5K started at 7:25am and the marathon and half marathon started at 7:45am. Thank you to all participants for your patience as we waited out the storm.

Race Day Update Number 4//  4.29.16

Saturday morning’s weather forecast is showing a high probability of rain. We are continually monitoring the forecast for Saturday, and have developed a contingency plan that will be implemented in the event of severe weather such as lightning strikes. Our number one priority on race day is the safety of all participants.

Should conditions change that could impact the race, we will communicate through email, Twitter, Facebook and via this web page. As a reminder, you can sign up for SMS weather notifications by texting NASHUPDATES to 8-5007. Standard messaging and data rates apply.

We ask all participants to follow instructions from any St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville staff, police, and/or race officials at the event and on course tomorrow.

Here are a few expert tips to help you have a great experience, rain or shine.

We’ll see you at the start line!

Race Day Update Number 3//  4.28.16

The forecast for Saturday’s race day shows an increased chance of precipitation, in addition to warm temperatures. Participants are referred to the tips below to prepare themselves for race day. Additional tips from Women’s Running regarding running in wet conditions can be found here.

Race Day Update Number 2//  4.27.16

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville team are closely monitoring the weather and are aware of precipitation and warm temperatures on the radar for which we continue to prepare. Participants are referred to the tips below to prepare themselves for race day.

Race Day Update Number 1//  4.26.16

Nashville is famous for experiencing all four seasons in one day and this Saturday’s forecast is proving no exception. The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville team are preparing for warm weather and the chance of rain.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re fully prepared for the day too:

  • Remember to complete the Medical Information on the back of your race bib.
  • Take some salt. Before your race, add a salt packet to a cup of fluid and drink it. Salt packets will be available at the start line refreshment stand and also from race officials within your starting corrals. Salt packets can be found on course at all medical stations as well.
  • Don’t over-exert yourself. If you’re feeling uncomfortably hot, slow down.
  • Make use of on-course cooling elements. Additional resources will be added as necessary. Take a break in shaded areas along the route for a quick breather.
  • Consider switching distances. If you’re running the marathon you can decide to drop down to the half marathon before the race, or at the split point on course, without any advance action.*
  • As a reminder, please be aware of the following course cutoff times.
    • Marathon: 6 hours
    • Half Marathon: 4 hours
  • If you don’t feel right, stop at a medical station to get checked out or see any race or city official out on course who can help you seek assistance.
  • Be aware of additional communications and updates while out on course.

Rest assured we’re ready to rock with you, rain or shine. To read more expert tips for running in warm weather, click here.

For more information and updates throughout race weekend please check Twitter, Facebook, and our website.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

If you would like to sign up for SMS weather notifications please send the message NASHUPDATES to 8-5007 using your mobile phone. Message and data rates may apply.


Q1. What can we do to prepare for the conditions?
Review the tips compiled by our medical and event operations teams. To read more expert tips for running in warm weather, click here.

Q2. Could I be diverted on course, or my race cancelled?
It is unlikely that the weather will reach extremes that require diversions or cancellations to be implemented. We are working closely with the City of Nashville, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the National Weather Service to monitor race day conditions and will communicate any changes to participants via email, Twitter, Facebook and our website pre-race; or via signage and race personnel during the race.

Q3. I don’t want to run in the weather – can I transfer my race entry?
At this point in time the race is scheduled to proceed as planned. We respect your decision to participate (or not) but no race refunds, transfers or travel reimbursements will be provided.

Q4. When will we receive the next update?
We will provide another update at 2pm CDT daily.