Approximately 30,000 registered runners from age 12 to 95 took to the streets of “Music City” as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® celebrated 20 Years Running in Nashville. This year runners were treated to an All-American edition of running, music and football thanks to a partnered weekend with the NFL Draft.
The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday when runners from all 50 states and 37 countries, regions, and territories took off to compete in either the marathon, half marathon or the 5K presented by Brooks. With a brand-new start line experience and course adjustments based on runner feedback, runners were also treated to improved music engagement along Broadway, Music Row, and the Nashville Sounds Stadium, totaling 32 band stages representing each NFL team all before an epic finish at Nissan Stadium home of the Tennessee Titans. Some of the best live bands from around the Nashville area performed along the route including Less Ker & The Bayou Band, Criss Cheatham, and The Jaywalkers.
In the marathon, 37-year-old, Scott Wietecha (Hendersonville, Tenn.) broke the tape as the overall champion for the seventh straight year in a time of 2:35:10. Jordan Wilson (Franklin, Tenn.) finished in second with a time of 2:35:34 as Steelton Flynn (Franklin, Tenn.) rounded out the podium finishing in third with a time of 2:40:14. On the women’s side, 27-year-old Leah Frazier Allen (Dallas, Texas) was the marathon champion with a final time of 3:08:01. Carson Davis (Taylors, S.C) took the second-place spot in 3:08:26 and Allison Koch (Park Ridge, Ill.) finished third in 3:15:51.
In the half marathon, 24-year-old, Nick French (Nashville, Tenn.) broke the tape as the overall champion in a time of 1:10:13. Ian Bordelon (Pensacola, Fla.) finished in second with a time of 1:12:25 as Chris Demetra (Brentwood, Tenn.) rounded out the podium in third finishing in 1:13:03. Professional IRONMAN triathlete Robin Pomeroy (Verona, Wisc.) was the women’s half marathon champion with a final time of 1:21:32. Madison Hibshman (St. Louis, Mo.) took the second-place spot in 1:22:14 and Ashley Evans (Nashville, Tenn.) finished third in 1:26:40.
Closing the day’s festivities will be multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley, headlining a free concert on the Draft Main Stage in downtown Nashville for all who have enjoyed the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll® Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon and NFL Draft. Runners, their family and friends, along with NFL fans will come together to celebrate the one of a kind experience in Nashville.
The weekend events conclude on Sunday afternoon with a one-mile race as well an all-new Doggie Dash™ starting at 12:00 p.m., providing participants the ability to earn a third, bonus medal for taking on the Remix Challenge™ - two days of running over the weekend. The Nashville Humane Association will be on-site with puppies and doggies looking for their “fur-ever” home. Mars Petcare will also be on-site with supplies for the dogs making it a great experience for participants and their four-legged friends. Finally, starting at 1 p.m. more than 2,500 junior racers in grades K-7 will have their chance to complete the final mile of their modified marathon challenge during the KiDS ROCK¬® Nashville, presented by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
The 2020 edition of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and ½ Marathon will take place on April 25.